[spambayes-dev] require subscription?
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Fri Dec 3 16:51:16 CET 2004
Tony> Requiring registration for spambayes at python.org would break the
Tony> ability to automatically submit a problem report that sb_server
Tony> offers (and Outlook may offer in the future). I don't have the
Tony> data, but I suspect that a great many of the people that report
Tony> bugs on spambayes at python.org are not subscribers, and they are the
Tony> people that need help (and many of them would probably find
Tony> subscribing difficult, given that what else they find difficult),
Tony> and we need to know where the bugs are to try and fix them.
Agreed. I find it irritating as hell that if I have the every once in
awhile problem with some tool that I have to go through the
subscribe/confirm dance before I can ask "I upgraded foo on my bar platform,
now it doesn't work, why?".
Tony> In addition, there are different levels of response to a
Tony> non-member posting: accept (as now), hold, reject, discard. Are
Tony> you advocating hold or reject? If it's hold, then that means that
Tony> someone (the way it's set up now, Tim, TimS, or Barry) needs to go
Tony> through the held messages and approve/reject them. I doubt any of
Tony> those people have the time or inclination to do that.
I do it for several other lists. It's not an overwhelming job (I have a
mailman front-end script I use to condense the review page), but it would be
much more difficult for spambayes since the list isn't filtered.
>> I don't feel that the Mailman subscribe/confirmation process would
>> really scare anybody away,
Tony> I do.
"scare" is maybe not the right verb. I think most people are too busy to
bother subscribing just to ask a question.
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