From: adam beecher (adam at domain iewebs.com)
Date: Tue 16 May 2000 - 12:49:22 IST
> The argument seems to be if the archive is restricted to other regular
> users, i.e. other subscribers, then people searching the web for linux
> info won't find the copy in the ILUG archives.
I honestly don't think that it was part of the argument, since there was never a
suggestion of restricting access to anyone but the spammers. By using
RewriteRules (or 'deny' rules) in the Apache config, only user agents on the
list previously posted would be blocked, which are proven spambots. Using my
suggestions, no-one at all would be blocked, but the spambots would be less
likely to be able to add any addresses to their databases. Granted, they could
find a way around it, but that would probably only happen if the method of
obfuscation became a standard. The RewriteRules (or again, 'deny' rules) are a
good thing anyway, because it will restrict unnecessary spidering of the site,
thus reducing the load.
> Personally, I don't see this as a problem, since I can't recall
> reading anything here that was of interest to the global Linux user
> base, but was not published anywhere else, i.e. there have been a
> couple of scripts originated by ILUG members discussed, which were
> then published seperately (install-sendmail, or Lars'
> postfix+amavis-perl stuff), similarly there have been things like
> Irish Linux jobs offered, or local exhibitions discussed, which would
> IMHO not be of interest to the world at large.
I agree, although I disagree with the first part - that there would be anything
"of interest to the global Linux user". I've found myself redirected to the ILUG
archives on many an occasion while searching Google, and had my questions
answered. But it's neither here nor there anyway, as I've explained above.
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