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Re: Spam on Debian lists (was: Actually)

On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 6:52 AM, Patrick Bartek <nemommxiv@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:40:56 +0200 Jochen Spieker <ml@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>> 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..

How do you limit posts to subscribers?

Subscriber list?

What happens when you need an answer, but you don't have access to a
functional machine that you can trust?

Also, I think there is a web forum that functions more or less as you describe:


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