My own conjecture: Hyrum's law implies a power law in protocol implementation popularity.

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In concrete terms, if you have any defined protocol, there will be one implementation which most people use (so everyone builds to it), and a long tail of other implementations trying to stay compatible with the most popular.

@dl reminds me of my experience with IPMI, where there was a detailed official specification but the real specification was the ipmitool source code

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