Re: What not to post!

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue Oct 05 2004 - 14:07:19 CDT

charlie strauss <cems@earthlink.net> wrote:
|Mea culpa.
|Perhaps there should be a non-achive postable address in addition to
|the regular one just for this reason.

I contemplated adding a way to handle this. For example, the archive
could skip any message that contained "[NO-ARCHIVE]" in the subject
line. Actually, I was about to code such a thing today (after seeing
Charlie's note), but had second thoughts.

The work involved in adding this filter is not large. Not zero, but not
large. However, in every case of requested deletions prior to
Charlie's, it was a case of "poster's remorse." Mostly by a certain OVC
president :-(. If a poster hasn't quite decided they don't -really-
want to post something before pressing the "send" button, it doesn't
really do a lot of good to implement a NO-ARCHIVE filter.

If there is a demand for such an automatic (non-editorial) filtering
capability, I'll do it. But I'm not going to bother for a single
retroactive example.

Of course, I absolutely cannot guarantee the privacy of something sent
to the list in any general way. I'm not sure how many subscribers there
are now, but if we have 100, that's 100 opportunities for
general disclosure of posts (by either intention or carelessness). Plus
however many hackers might get access to however many mail systems that
posts pass through. Plus...

Yours, David...
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