Top 10 Rejected Internet Protocols

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The Internet is full of successful protocols such as HTTP, FTP, DNS, SNMP, IMAP and myriad others. Let us not forgot those protocols that never quite reached stardom, or died right out of the gate. Here are the top 10 protocols that, for one reason or another, never made it mainstream.

10. HTTPf

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol fecure
Similar to HTTPS but everything is encrypted by converting to old English.

9. FCP

File Corruption Protocol
Never really found a practical use.

8. PIDP

Pornography Instant Delivery Protocol?
Renamed HTTP.

7. CBDP

Caffeinated Beverage Delivery Protocol?
Rejected after computer modelling showed it would require 132% of the world’s aluminium resources to make the cans.

6. BFMP

Butter Finger Messaging Protocol
Problems with dropped packets spelled its demise. 

5. VOAT

Voice Over A Telephone?
Duplicated talking on the phone.

4. N411SS

Nigerian 411 Scam Service?
A member of Nigerian royalty is still trying to get this one started, if he could only get some seed money.

3. RFTP

Renewable File Transfer Protocol?
No different than regular FTP, but used exclusively by Hybrid owners.

2. PLPR

Priceline Packet Routing?
William Shatner allows packets to name their own number of hops.

1. SJRDIP

Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Interface Protocol?
Catastrophically fails if you touch the antenna in the wrong place.

There are many I’ve missed, so please share them in the comments.


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