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Re: [h-e-w] spam problem, moderation [sic] enabled, members only

From: WJCarpenter
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] spam problem, moderation [sic] enabled, members only
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2003 13:01:08 -0800

dv> Yes.  Though what I wrote is unambiguous with respect to Michael's
dv> issue, when I wrote that I had configured the list "to restrict
dv> posting to subscribers only" "without moderation", I was
dv> oversimplifying a bit.  It is still an unmoderated list for
dv> subscribers; and anyone can subscribe.  However, a post from an
dv> account which is not subscribed _is_ moderated unless the account
dv> is on a list of non-subscribers whose posts are to be accepted

Publicly visible lists which do not have a "members only" posting
restriction are just a more focused form of an open SMTP relay.  It's
a modest pain to make someone subscribe to a list just to post to it,
but it's way below my threshold of "pain that matters".

I don't know how much spam comes to this particular mailing list
(because I have an egg-sorter on my end that shuffles likely spam
aside before it shuffles emacs-related traffic aside), but I sincerely
applaud anyone willing to do a moderator's role for non-member

((My own experience at co-moderating a public list is that spam
attempts outnumber legit non-member postings by about a zillion to
one.  We only do the white-list thing for addresses when someone asks
for it, but we display no resistance at all when it is requested.))
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