[tech] File extension options

Mansfield mansfield at ondollo.com
Thu Jan 21 05:28:57 GMT 2021

This time it's a short question that I can't find an answer to.

Why not use '.gem' as the file extension? Why the encouragement to support
one or both of gmi / gemini instead of adding a new one?

What I was able to find was, "Current Gemini servers seem to use .gmi or
.gemini extensions for this purpose, and new servers are strongly
encouraged to support one or both of these options instead of adding a new
one to the mix." (from gemini.circumlunar.space/docs/best-practices.gmi)

To be clear: You won't get any argument from me. The only thing swaying me
either way is, to me, '.gem' feels cooler. I'd *really* love to use that...
I'd feel... almost sad to use gmi... and gemini is annoyingly long. So. No
logical argument here. Just looking for some background and trying to get a
feel for how horrible a person I'd be if I went with gem.

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