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Re: Spam on Debian lists (was: Actually)

On Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:40:56 +0200 Jochen Spieker <ml@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> fc:
> >
> > Actually -- does anyone monitor this list for this type of stuff?
> You have no idea *how much* spam is blocked by the work of the list
> masters. But it's not that anybody monitors all of the almost 300
> Debian lists¹ with thousands of posts each day.
> > I see these types of things come through periodically -- and 1
> > delete on the front end could prevent a lot of woe.
> Your help is appreciated:
> https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/ListMaster/ListArchiveSpam
> Obviously, this only affects the archive after all subscribers already
> received the spam message. Moderating all Debian lists is not a job
> that anybody wants to do (and it wouldn't even be appreciated).
> > *Even more so* -- it seems like unauthorized users can email this
> > list?
> > 
> > Why not just restrict it to people who have subscribed?
> Because this excludes use cases that are deemed valid by the list
> masters.
Like what?

Why not this:  To post or reply to the list, you must be
a subscriber; but to read/browse (even search archives, etc.), you
do not. This is the way most of the lists I've been involved with have
been set up.  Works quite well controlling spurious posting by 'bots.
One list I used required annual renewal..