[Mailman-Users] A funny thing happened...

Nigel Metheringham Nigel.Metheringham at VData.co.uk
Mon Oct 2 10:35:51 CEST 2000

chuqui at plaidworks.com said:
> 1) has anyone else ever run into something like this? My philosophy
> is that you're more than welcome to get upset about things I think
> are silly (but I don't promise to take it as seriously as you do,
> just to try to not snicker in your hearing), but I just don't get it.
> Especially since the site is pretty good at telling you NOT to use
> sensitive passwords. But -- is this guy off the chart, or have I just
> been lucky?

I got one last month.  I'm expecting to get a complaint from the same 
guy today when the US wakes up and he gets to work.  [I less than 
tactfully copied my reply to their postmaster suggesting they may need 
a security audit if this guy has put a password he cares about into a 
web page]

> 2) this probably should be chalked up as a vote for "making passwords
> optional" for lists. Personally, I think the added security passwords
> add is overwhelmed by the confusion and complexity they cause the
> user, so I'd like to turn them off. There are lists where they could
> be useful, but I could live without them... 

In most cases I want them.
However I keep thinking about a change in terminology, and wondered if 
calling these things cookies (which unfortunately has privacy and 
similar negative connotations) or something other than a password, 
maybe we could help people understand that these are very minimal 
security procedures.

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[ Nigel Metheringham                  Nigel.Metheringham at VData.co.uk ]
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