Subject: Re: A way to restrict_post NetBSD lists (was Re: Please make it stop.. )
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Michael Richardson <email@example.com>
Date: 06/12/1998 11:37:02
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>>>>> "Todd" == Todd Vierling <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Todd> So posts to the newsgroups get bounced at the gateways until people get on
Todd> the netbsd-nomail list? Not quite acceptable, as we have no idea how many
Todd> people or who read those newsgroups as opposed to the lists.
a) Well, maybe we should find out.
b) the moderator can subscribe the person to the netbsd-nomail list, it
isn't that hard, and as you point out, it is easily automated,
particularly at the moderator's side of things.
c) A reasonable one-time price to pay to close the lists to spam. I'm
willing to do a lot of work here. Ideally we could round-robin the
Todd> How many times do you see posts to "netbsd-help" that start with the famous
Todd> "I have a question, and please copy all replies to me as I don't subscribe
Todd> to this list...."
How many times is the question a Windows 95 question?
Maybe the netbsd-help list is one that we won't put under auto-moderation.
Todd> : Now, the list-owners will get deluged for a period with postings from
Todd> : non-members until these people subscribe to netbsd-nomail with the email
Todd> : address they are posting from.
Todd> And, as (Charles? Jason?) so eloquently put it, they'll just go look for
Todd> the penguin in the corner. That's why restrict_post is so bogus in this
Half the Linux lists that *I* read are closed.
Todd> If restrict_post were more robust in that it already had the ability to
Todd> automate netbsd-nomail such that a single post, bounced to the list by a
Todd> listmomma, would activate the e-mail address, I'd buy it - reluctantly.
I think such a think could be devised --- it is a good idea, and would help
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