‘I’m a Teapot’ Error Code Saved From Extinction By Public Outcry
Published on August 13, 2017 at 12:44AM
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:
It started back in 1998 as an April Fool’s Day gag. Written up by Larry Masinter of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), error code 418 — “I’m a teapot” — was nothing more than a poke at the “many bad HTTP extensions that had been proposed”. Despite its existence as a joke, a number of major software projects, including Node.js, ASP.NET and Google’s Go language, implemented it as an Easter egg. A recent attempt to excise the fictitious code from these projects ended up doing the opposite, cementing it as a “reserved” error by the IETF…
The Save 418 site argued that “the application of such an status code is boundless. Its utility, quite simply, is astonishingly unparalleled. It’s a reminder that the underlying processes of computers are still made by humans. It’d be a real shame to see 418 go.”
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