[Beowulf] RFC: Restrict posting to subscribers only ?

graham.mullier at syngenta.com graham.mullier at syngenta.com
Fri Aug 24 06:56:53 PDT 2012


Gentlethings

While you're noting people who aren't spammers but who are currently locked out despite being subscribers, I'm another. I seem never to have been flagged as 'OK' so gradually (this is over some years) came to regard the list as an interesting thing to watch but not something to participate in.

Chris, while it would be helpful for me to be flagged as OK to post (for me), what about the several or many others who are stuck in the same sort of limbo? Is there a way to identify them, open up the list, and breathe a bit more life into it?

Regards
Graham

Graham Mullier | Head Information Connection & Design, R&DIS | R&D architecture CoE lead
graham.mullier at syngenta.com | Syngenta, Jealott's Hill International Research Station, Bracknell, RG42 6EY, UK



-----Original Message-----
From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Christopher Samuel
Sent: 24 August 2012 08:55
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] RFC: Restrict posting to subscribers only ?

On 08/24/2012 10:11 PM, Jörg Saßmannshausen wrote:

> Hi all,

Hiya!

> I am one of the many who cannot post to the list despite being a member of it
> for some years. :-/

Well I spotted your message in the queue and let it through, so welcome!

> I think the policy was that only members can post (good thing in my opinion)
> and new members are moderated.
> I am moderating an email list here as well and unfortunately the list's email
> address got to the outside world. I do get some spam but it is something I can
> cope with.
> Once a new member has established themselves as not being a spammer (and here
> I really mean the type of: buy vi online! I mean, I got vi installed on my
> machines so why shall I buy it? :D ) you can remove the moderation flag. If
> that member then becomes a spammer or troll you can them put back into
> moderation only.

That's precisely how the list works at the moment, in that new
subscribers have posts moderated at first and that flag gets cleared
after a while.  The only problem is that the list has been running on
autopilot for quite a while (I don't know how long) and so people
haven't been getting unmoderated or having posts approved.

> Does that sound like a good idea? We do not have to rule out the usual anti-
> spam mechanisms here.

Agreed, we need defence in depth on this. :-)

> My two cents from somebody who got put on the observer chair :D

You are now unmoderated, so you can get off that chair now. ;-)

cheers!
Chris
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