Seán Mac Suibhne wrote:
> Is it possible to restict posting to ILUG to members only?
As has been already pointed out, this was proposed at the last AGM,
and defeated by a large majority.
Some background; it has been discussed several times on the list
(most commonly at the outbreak of some new spam or virus variant),
and each time there has been a broad consensus against.
The main reason for maintaining the list's "open" status is that it
has been widely publicised as the place to go for Linux answers. The
message we've been pushing hard for years is "you have a Linux
question, post it to ilug at linux.ie". I am not inclined to put any
sort of additional barrier in place to people posting their Linux
questions to the list.
Regarding spam and virus trapping; I have a fairly comprehensive set
of filters in place. Firstly, the mail server uses greylisting; mail
is not allowed to the list unless the sending mail server retries at
least 180 seconds after the first attempt. Pretty much all genuine
email systems will do this, but most spammers don't. Secondly, email
is filtered through both spamassassin and clamav antivirus filters.
Thirdly, any non-text attachments will cause the email to be
rejected. These measures are catching upwards of 98% of all unwanted
content to the list with an acceptably-low false-positive rate.
> So are the membership ok with kind of content we got this morning?
> I'm not. Its an excellent example of why members only should be
> able to post.
Sure, the occasional bad'un does get through. It's part of the price
we pay for a largely-unregulated Internet. I don't view it as a
particular inconvenience to hit the "Junk" button a couple of times
each day, and despite the regular Daily Mail-style huffing and
puffing which emerges, I don't believe that many other people do
either. Think hard about return on effort here; how much hardship is
it *really* to put up with a few spams?
CP Hennessy wrote:
> Maybe a reasonable compromise is for unsubscribed posters to be
> moderated? Even if the moderator was only able to moderate once or
> twice a day, the delay would be a small price to pay for "clean"
I disagree. Firstly, you introduce a human dependency into a process
which is otherwise automatic. Remember that a post to ILUG will
often be a new Linux user's first introduction to the community; this
process should be painless.
The short answer, for those who prefer BOFHisms. "No."
Colm Buckley / colm at tuatha.org / +353 87 2469146
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