Wed, 2 Jun 1999 10:27:09 -0700 (PDT)

Brian Atkins [] 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.

Of course the fact that we're seeing all these kinds of authoritarian suggestions is another clear sign of how far the list has fallen in the last few years; a more Extropian solution would be to allow posters to register with a PPL with its own rules, and for the list software to automatically append (PPL:name) to each message as it passes through. That way those who want a nice happy fluffy list with no argument can block out anything but the Happy Fluffy PPL and the rest of us can block them out. Abusers get kicked out into a Chaos PPL by the PPL owner, where most people will ignore them.