[Beowulf] Moderation of the Beowulf Mailing List

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Aug 17 06:56:04 PDT 2012

I can tell you want we do on another list where I'm a moderator..

If it's an "autogenerated spam"  just dump it silently automatically and unsubscribe (these are easy.. They have email addresses like asdfgh at bogusdomain.com)

I can find out what we use for our filters.

If it's spam that's "out of character" with the previous posts from the apparent source, assume it's spoofed origin, dump it silently.  If it's someone we (moderators) know, we might send them an email saying we got the spoofed source, but since there's not a heck of a lot anyone can do, it's of dubious usefulness.

From: Jonathan Aquilina <eagles051387 at gmail.com<mailto:eagles051387 at gmail.com>>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:13:00 +0200
To: Arend Dittmer <adittmer at penguincomputing.com<mailto:adittmer at penguincomputing.com>>
Cc: "beowulf at beowulf.org<mailto:beowulf at beowulf.org>" <beowulf at beowulf.org<mailto:beowulf at beowulf.org>>
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] Moderation of the Beowulf Mailing List

I am looking at the moderation tasks and it seems like there are already a number of spam messages waiting there. Question I have is do i reject the messages and discard them as well as add the sender to either the reject or discard list?

How are we going to proceed with these emails?

On 17/08/2012 00:55, Arend Dittmer wrote:
Hi Everybody,

I am with Penguin Computing, who is hosting the beowulf mailing list. Thank you for volunteering to share the burden of moderating the list. Doug Eadline suggested that everybody agrees to this mission statement as a common denominator:

"As moderators we strive to preserve a focused and open discussion
of HPC technical issues. We will support civil discourse and
disagreement, but reserve the right to moderate personal attacks
and inappropriate content of a non-technical nature. Mild commercial
promotion of projects and products is permissible if the topic has been
suggested by prior non-commercial list conversations or queries."

I would like to share the list administrator password with you. The easiest and safest way to share is probably via SMS. If you could please send me your cell phone numbers so that I can send you the admin password. I promise ... I will delete every number as soon as I have sent the password. No follow-up calls from Penguin sales ... :)

One issue all of you may want to look at its the topic of spam filtering. Right now e-mail from unknown sources is held, and the queue can quickly get pretty lengthy. Joe Landman offered to help with installing a spam filter. Joe, please let me know if you need any privileges beyond list admin for this.

Thanks again for volunteering


Arend Dittmer
Penguin Computing
(415) 954-2863
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