[Molvis-list] To the moderator (and list admin)

Bathsheba Grossman sheba at bathsheba.com
Sun Nov 21 18:21:29 EST 2004

On Sun, 21 Nov 2004, Dan Bolser wrote:
> Email spoofing is rare, so having a subscriber only policy gets rid of
> most spam attacks (which on the whole are opportunist and not directed).

While I'm not keen on content moderation -- if people are rude let
them reap their own reward -- it's been my experience that mailing
lists, even seemingly obscure ones, are indeed targets for spam over
and above the hundreds-per-day flux received by any stable email

No purely automated system can cope effectively, and I've seen several
useful lists destroyed their owners' reluctance to moderate.  Closing
the list to postings by nonmembers is a partial solution; it hasn't
been my experience that email spoofing is rare either.

So while I would prefer a policy of no content alteration or
suppression by a moderator, I see no practical alternative to having
one and accepting the delays.  A tip of the mouse to ours!

Bathsheba Grossman                                          (831)429-8224
Sculpting geometry                                          bathsheba.com

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