[Mailman-Users] Complaint: My E-mail address appears on this site without my permission
Chuq Von Rospach
chuqui at plaidworks.com
Sat Aug 26 23:19:24 CEST 2000
At 3:47 PM -0400 8/26/00, John A. Martin wrote:
>How do folks respond to complaints like the one below?
>In this example with mailman 1.1 using default options the mail
>addresses in the archives are not obfuscated.
First, I recommend obfuscating. Second, I strongly recommend putting
archives behind *some* kind of a password, even if that password is
on a site in plain text, because it'll stop the harvesters. Third,
use robots.txt to make sure the global spiders don't search and index
your archives -- if you need search capability, run a site-specific,
private one. Don't allow your mail archives into global databases
where you lose control of it.
the last point stops 90% of harvesting. The second takes it to 99.9%.
Nothing stops the last .1%, and those harvesters are likely
subscribed and silently sucking the lists, not harvesting the
>My position has been not to _rewrite history_ by modifying mail
Archives are a public record. I don't edit them or remove messages,
any more than a newspaper can unpublish an article in a newspaper.
But -- that doesn't mean you don't have some responsibility to
protect those archives from abuse, but anyone who posts anywhere to
anything on the net is at some risk -- you can manage those risks,
and should, but the guy can't make the post unhappen, and I consider
removal of non-libelous data from an archive unacceptable.
Chuq Von Rospach - Plaidworks Consulting (mailto:chuqui at plaidworks.com)
Apple Mail List Gnome (mailto:chuq at apple.com)
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
and say 'Man, what are you doing here?'"
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