list changes & RFC on archives & rack chassis

From: Jerome Fine <>
Date: Wed Mar 20 12:56:34 2002

>Jay West wrote:

> 1) Ok, here are the two things I was considering doing to change the mailing
> list settings....
> A) Reject posts to the list which contain any kind of HTML content. I think
> this would be fairly unobtrusive - most people don't want HTML posts here
> anyways. And - I would bet that most all SPAM contains some form of HTML, so
> this might not get rid of all SPAM forever, but I think it would make the
> very few that come here dwindle to even less. Comments?

Jerome Fine replies:

My only comment is that since the list seems fairly stable right now,
why not leave A) until later? I agree that SPAM is more likely
to contain HTML, but I suspect SPAM is still so rare in any case
and being able to filter it off via B) below should be more than
sufficient. Again I base this on the S/N ratio of comments on
SPAM to actual SPAM. Even these "List Changes" posts far
exceed actual SPAM - so if ever there is a SPAM that has
NO comments, then I might be prepared to agree actual
SPAM is a problem.

OR - if it is just as easy, why not add the characters [HTML] or
just [HT] to the front of those messages.

However, if you (i.e. Jay) decides to prohibit messages with HTML,
then I suggest that you do not tell the sender. An ON-list member
will quickly notice that their messages are NOT being sent and
stop using HTML.

And my final suggestion is that Jay decides - just as I have been
saying before.

> B) I also like the 'self-policing' idea of making posts to the list from
> non-subscribers get a subject tag of [OL] or something like that. This one I
> am not sure how to do off the top of my head, but would think it pretty
> straightforward. Comments?

While I think I might have been the first to suggest [OL] be added at the
FRONT of the Subject line, I must admit that the idea came from a
list I receive which adds 9 characters at the beginning (including the []
characters). This is a yahoo based list, so they might have some special
software that is not widely available.

One aspect that will not be needed is a check to see if the message
is a reply - in theory replies will only come from list subscribers.

So, I STRONGLY support adding [OL] at the FRONT of the Subject
Line for posts that are off-list in origin. And suggest nothing else be
done for now.

Except - that Jay decides.

Sincerely yours,

Jerome Fine
Received on Wed Mar 20 2002 - 12:56:34 GMT

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