Date sent: Wed, 02 Jun 1999 21:00:54 -0400 From: Brian Atkins <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: META: 2 small technical list change suggestions Send reply to: email@example.com
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > Brian Atkins [email@example.com] wrote:
> > >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
> > Problem: without a sophisticated AI, you're not going to be able to detect
> > messages which have *incorrect* keywords, so there's an easy way for anyone
> > to get around this kind of blocking.
> Well that's simple, if someone is going to be that much of an
> idiot, they are basically grouped into the category of spammers
> and removed from the list. i.e. if Joe and whoever he has
> enticed decide to use the keyword "META" in their gun debate
> posts instead of the obviously proper GUNS, they get banned.
For purposes of honesty and clarity, I enticed no one. I was personally attacked by dogmatic and quasireligious absolutist extremists for profferring a logical reasonable and rational mainstream sensible center solution to a problem of current interest to the US at large.
> You know I believe it is in the "charter" for this list that
> ExI agrees to arbitrate decisions like this. So we can leave
> any sticky decisions to them.
> I don't think this is an "authoritarian" response at all. We
> are doing two simple things: a) adding a required bit of
> syntax to message subject lines. This is the same as the list
> requiring your mail software to at least provide a To:, From:,
> etc. in the headers. A technical requirement. b) removing
> people from the list that use "tricks" to inundate the list
> members with messages they don't want to see (spammers). What
> is wrong with these two things that we can't all agree to
> implement them right now?
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