[Mailman-Developers] the case issue

Brian Ryner bryner@uiuc.edu
Wed, 03 Mar 1999 12:18:53 -0600

(Shortening the subject a lot) :)

How about this.  If the email address you try to subscribe matches
case-insensitively an email that's already subscribed, it tells you so
and asks for confirmation.  A similar thing could happen when you go
into the options page- if there is more than one address that could be
it, it gives you a choice to be sure.

Christopher Lindsey wrote:
> Yeah, but you can't always protect users against themselves, especially
> when doing so has the potential to prevent users from signing on to
> a list altogether.  I have seen systems that had the multiple accounts
> belonging to different people but could only be differentiated by case.
> I admit that it's not the brightest thing to do, but sites do it
> because it's allowed by RFC 822.  We can't just ignore the RFCs because
> it's convenient -- that just seems to "Redmondian"...
> Maybe the right thing to do is offer the administrator a choice
> on a per list basis.
> Chris