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The Quote Of The Day (QOTD) service is a member of the Internet protocol suite, defined in RFC 865. As indicated there, the QOTD concept predated the specification, when QOTD was used by mainframe sysadmins to broadcast a daily quote on request by a user. It was then formally codified both for prior purposes as well as for testing and measurement purposes in RFC 865.

A host may connect to a server that supports the RFC 865 QOTD protocol, on either TCP or UDP port 17. In order to keep the quotes at a reasonable length, RFC 865 specified a maximum length of 512 characters for the quote.

Although some sources[1] indicate that the QOTD service is rarely enabled, and is in any case often firewalled to avoid 'pingpong' attacks,[1] interest continues in the pre-existing purpose of serving quotes as can be seen with web engine searches.[vague]

Current testing and measurement of IP networks is more commonly done with ping and traceroute, which are more robust adaptations of the echo protocol (RFC 862), which predated the attempt at QOTD standardization.

List of currently operational QOTD servers[edit]

QOTD servers can be tested by establishing a connection to the corresponding port. This can easily be accomplished with a telnet client such as the one included with Linux.

For example:

telnet nicksosinski.com 17
Currently operational QOTD servers
URI TCP Port UDP Port IPv4 IPv6 Change Rate
nicksosinski.com 17 17 Yes No Each Request
cygnus-x.net 17 N/A Yes No Unknown
djxmmx.net 17 17 Yes Yes Each Request
alpha.mike-r.com 17 N/A Yes No Unknown
ziaspace.com 17 N/A Yes Yes Each Request


  1. ^ a b Perrin, Mathieu (1999). "Check for presence of qotd". security space. Retrieved 23 August 2015.