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Re: [libtool lists]: do not send held-for-approval messages

From: Bruce Korb
Subject: Re: [libtool lists]: do not send held-for-approval messages
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 13:53:44 -0700

Can the "backscatter" be suppressed only for forged headers?
i.e. email coming from an IP address different from that of the
apparent sender?  Otherwise, silence for the neophytes is better than
suppression for the larger audiences.  This is awful.  :(  - Bruce
On 4/26/06, Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> wrote:
Currently the libtool mailing lists employ first-post moderation for
nonmembers.  When such a moderation request occurs, the list software
sends a message to the poster that her message is being held back for

For genuine posters, this may be helpful: they are informed about what
happens, and thus usually either wait for someone to moderate, or they
cancel their post, subscribe, and repost so that the message appears

However, this generates backscatter for all the spam that hits the
lists, quite a bit.  Some blacklisting services generate fake spam to
catch such backscatter, and may put the list server in the blacklist
based on this, I believe.  Which is bad for all GNU lists.[1]

I have disabled the held-for-approval messages for now.  Any objections
against this step?  (For list moderators, the setting is found here:
[General options] [respond_to_post_requests]).


[1] Just listed in Sorbs again.  :-(


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