Brian Atkins (
Mon, 31 May 1999 21:25:59 -0400

Well there's a simple solution to that, add a few lines of Perl to the mailing list software so it rejects any message sent to the list without any subject keywords. i.e. if Joe tries to send a message through to the list with the subject "Mike can suck my !!!!" then it never gets sent out. If he sends "GUNS: Mike can suck my !!!!" then it would go through.

I'd be more than happy to add this to the software if it is written in Perl and no one else wants to do it.

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> Spike Jones writes:
> > Thanks Elizabeth. Your post nearly sums up my view. If we have discipline
> > with the subject line, all posts should be allowed. spike
> I disagree. The people who post excessively are exactly those who
> don't maintain subject line discipline. And why should the workload of
> filtering be shifted to the _readers_? So far, my consistent
> experience has shown that content carriers don't bother with
> filtering. They just leave.
> Voting mechanisms for excluding noncomplying posters are easy enough
> to implement with a few 10 lines of a scripting
> language. Authentication tokens make it pretty hard to forge, too.

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