"Tim Peters" email@example.com writes:
It would, but you could subscribe and then immediately disable email delivery for your subscription (so you'd still be a list member, and so allowed to post, but wouldn't get any email from the list).
This is an excellent method that I've used for a number of lists. For people who just want to post occasionally, this works very well, and I don't think it's asking to much to have them subscribe.
A problem arises when people try to post from Google Groups. There may be some lists where we want to encourage that, and they (c.l.p) would need to stay open.
It depends on which posts get bounced <wink>. I get so many spams, worms, etc, that I wouldn't notice the difference if python-dev stopped leaking them. Presumably other people would notice.
Yeah, but you want them for the spam file :-)
Presumably, if you turned on your Spambayes you wouldn't see any.
The real problem is the archives. On a low volume list, like Idle-dev, the spam completely drowns the ham unless it's moderated out. Once in the archive, it's an annoyance for all time.
The lists are screening direct spam pretty well. The current problem is all the MTA bounces complaining about the "virus you sent" or "no such user".
Moderating the lists is taking a fair amount of admin time right now. At least during storms, it seems reasonable to bounce non-subscribers automatically. The bounce will tell them what to do to get posted.