[Mailman-Users] Firefox password issue (was: Re: Hijacking threads and netiquette ... )

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Tue Sep 5 23:12:24 CEST 2006

At 4:03 PM -0500 2006-09-05, David Dyer-Bennet wrote:

>  Given that Firefox was picking up the password, but was NOT offering
>  it back on later visits, I'll accept the argument that the basic
>  problem is really in Firefox.  Apparently so do they, and they've
>  fixed it in an upcoming release, see my recent previous message.

That still leaves us with the problem of what was causing the same 
apparent behaviour with Opera, Safari, and the other browsers you 

If I had to guess, I would say that it's probably a result of people 
using essentially the same terms to describe various problems with 
very different root causes, some of which may already have been 
addressed in more recent versions of our code, some of which may have 
already been discussed in the FAQ, some of which may not be our 
fault, and there is still the slight possibility that there may be 
something we could or should do to try to help make this issue more 

I think the biggest problem is going to be trying to figure out which is which.

There are now twenty-six different FAQ entries that use the term 
"password", and I've gone in and edited 4.45, 4.65, and 4.71 to all 
cross-link to each other because they all seem to be related to the 
same type of problem, albeit with various different root causes.

This is not a good situation.  We need to clear this up so that we 
don't have these kinds of problems again in the future.

Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>

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