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I would say your comment, and the first reply, both demonstrate quite effectively why JMAP is probably a better choice for email.

> It may or may not (yet?) be as efficient for synchronization as JMAP, but it's definitely designed for all types of objects

If we hypothetically allow for equal adoption & mindshare of both, and assume both are non-terrible designs, I'd guess the one designed for "all types of objects" is less likely to ever be as efficient as the one designed with a single use-case in mind.

And narrow focus is not only good for optimising specific use-cases, it's also good for adoption as people immediately understand what your protocol is for and how to use it when it has a single purpose and a single source of truth for reference spec, rather than a series of disparate links and vague all-encompassing use-cases.

Solid has brilliant people behind it, but it's too broad, too ambitious, and very much lacks focus, and that will impair adoption because it isn't the "one solution" for anyone's "one problem".

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To take another perspective on this, there are other commenters in this thread bemoaning the loss of non-HTTP-based protocols. Funnily enough, HTTP itself is a broadly used, broadly useful protocol than can be used for pretty much anything (and had TBL behind it also). The big difference was that Tim wasn't proposing that HTTP be the solution to all our internet problems and needs in 1989—it was just for hypertext documents. It's only now, post-adoption, that it is used for so much more than that.




> If we hypothetically allow for equal adoption & mindshare of both, and assume both are non-terrible designs, I'd guess the one designed for "all types of objects" is less likely to ever be as efficient as the one designed with a single use-case in mind.

This is a generalization that is not supported by any data.

Standards enable competing solutions. Competing solutions often result in performance gains and efficiency.

Hopefully, there will be performant implementations and we won't need to reinvent the wheel in order to synchronize and send notifications for email, contacts, and calendars.




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