[Catalog-sig] bunch of spam packages
robert.kern at gmail.com
Sun Jan 1 19:35:44 CET 2012
On 1/1/12 5:37 PM, Chris Withers wrote:
> On 01/01/2012 13:26, Robert Kern wrote:
>> On 12/31/11 11:29 AM, Chris Withers wrote:
>>> ...all spamvertising the same website.
>> It appears to me to be an honest attempt at humor using the
>> setuptools dependency mechanism rather than spam per se. Using Google
>> Translate on the blog, it looks plausibly like a legitimate Chinese
>> Python blogger.
>>  Albeit lame and sexist to my American ears. Perhaps it plays better
>> in China.
> They're junk, and should be removed,
I don't disagree per se, but I do think that in this case an email to the
author (or blog comment) first would be a better response than silently removing
 Though to be fair, we would also have to remove antigravity, which I didn't
want to do before this set of joke package. Alas, there is no policy that allows
antigravity while forbidding girlfriend except perhaps taste.
> along with all the .nested list printers
Similarly, I think that something along the lines of a single, mass-Bcc'ed email
to the authors on record would be better than silently removing the packages. If
only we could borrow Guido's time machine to prevent the author of _Head First
Python_ from using this as an exercise...
> I have to say, I like the idea of requiring moderation for your first package...
Except for the nested list printers, there hasn't been a significant problem
that moderation would solve, in my opinion.
"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
an underlying truth."
-- Umberto Eco
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