Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Sun Nov 17 18:33:42 CET 2013

On 17/11/2013 17:09, Zero Piraeus wrote:
> :
> Note: I drafted a version of this post earlier today. I had been waiting
> to see whether Nikos succeeded in baiting the list into yet another
> round of unpleasantness before sending it, because I didn't want to
> worsen the situation, but at this point things are completely out of
> hand, and even what looks like a consensus attempt to ignore Nikos out
> of existence is
> a) failing: I count eighteen emails so far today.
> b) going to lead casual visitors to assume either that we ignore
> requests for help or that the list is Nikos' personal echo chamber.
> At this point I consider Nikos' actions a conscious attack on the list.
> There is simply no way, after the many times he's been told not to
> repost, that this is anything other than a direct and deliberate attempt
> to annoy as many people as he can.
> That being the case, I'd like to know whether there are technical
> measures that can be taken to prevent him from posting here.
> I understand that the mail/news gateway might complicate that, and that
> any measures taken could be bypassed by someone with sufficient skill. I
> suspect that in this particular case the latter issue is less relevant
> than it might otherwise be.
> I don't believe that killfiles are a sufficient response in this
> situation.
> I can, of course, stop Nikos' posts reaching me, and without too much
> hassle also stop replies to his posts reaching me. He would, however,
> continue to pollute the list in public, and his posts, whether replied
> to or not at the volume he's now sending them, would continue to damage
> the reputation of the list and, ultimately, I think possibly kill it.
> This is a last-ditch request, and not one I particularly expect to
> succeed, but I honestly can't stand to watch this happen to python-list
> for very much longer, and am very close to unsubscribing after six years
> as an admittedly not very active member.
>   -[]z.

I entirely agree with the sentiments expressed above.  Would the Python 
Software Foundation (I assume?) please take whatever steps it can to 
prevent Nikos posting here?  This is justified on the grounds of today's 
behaviour alone.  Add in previous days when perhaps 95% of the bandwidth 
has been taken up by his posts and I know it's time to say enough is enough.


Python is the second best programming language in the world.
But the best has yet to be invented.  Christian Tismer

Mark Lawrence

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