[Mailman-Developers] Proposed: remove address-obfuscation code from Mailman 3

Bob Puff bob at nleaudio.com
Sat Aug 29 04:20:22 CEST 2009

That's the logical progression of that argument, and is the good reason why
obfuscation or even removal of parts is not only a good idea, its a necessity.
 Exposing raw email addresses in their normal form is real low-hanging fruit.

Regardless of what I think, my clients will cry bloody murder if emails leak
out.  I had one person recently google their email address, and found a link
to an archive file that should have been private.  I had removed all links to
the archives, but somehow Google found it, indexed it, and the guy threatened
me with bloody murder if I didn't take it down.  Sheesh.


---------- Original Message -----------
From: Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org>
To: Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org>
Cc: mailman-developers at python.org
Sent: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:46:01 -0400
Subject: Re: [Mailman-Developers] Proposed: remove address-obfuscation code
from Mailman 3

> Something else that occurs to me.
> If we accept that obfuscation is worthless and stop doing it, then  
> there's no reason we shouldn't make the raw mbox files available for 
>  anyone to download.  Mailman used to do this, but we removed the  
> feature due to user outcry.  Now you can download the gzip  monthly 
> .txt files, but they are sanitized.  If we stop obfuscating,  is 
> there any reason not to make the raw messages available for download?
> -Barry
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