[Mailman-Developers] Proposed: remove address-obfuscation code from Mailman 3
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Tue Aug 25 14:30:29 CEST 2009
Barry Warsaw writes:
> 2) is more interesting. What kinds of uses are we talking about? You
> see a message in an archive from three years ago and you want to
> contact the OP about it? Why not just follow up and contact the
> mailing list?
For all the reasons why Reply-To Munging Considered Harmful.
> Do you want to be contacted off-list for on-list topics? Well, things
> like an email forwarding service could solve that, although I think
> it's not worth the effort as much as the first use case. What other
> kinds of legitimate third party uses does obfuscation/concealment
Obfuscation is a minor annoyance, but concealment is problematic in
cases where the email is the identity, eg, matching list posts to
issue tracker IDs.
For example, I signed up for and log in to Launchpad as
"stephen at xemacs.org", but I have to tell bzr that my ID is
"stephen-xemacs". Wow, that's transparent. But at least it's
guessable. Getting from "Stephen J. Turnbull <email concealed>" to
"stephen-xemacs" is not going to be easy if you don't already know me.
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