Was: Shuttleworth (SABDFL) wants to shutdown this ubuntu.user list

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at gmail.com
Fri Sep 30 15:38:37 UTC 2011

On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 8:28 AM, Amedee Van Gasse
<amedee-ubuntu at amedee.be>wrote:

> On Thu, September 29, 2011 17:23, Rashkae wrote:
> > My idea is simply that mailman requires a function to 'lock a thread'.
> > When invoked by a moderator, any reply to any message in that discussion
> > thread gets rejected.  I see no reason why this would not be relatively
> > trivial to implement.  Sure, it would be easy for people to work around,
> > but only a few would, and those can be dealt with directly as
> > misbehaving agents.  I think that effectively disabling people's 'reply'
> > button to an unwanted discussion thread would solve 90% of the problems
> > with a list like this.
> Due to the nature of SMTP (SIMPLE mail transfer protocol), this would be
> (almost) impossible to implement.
> There's a feature similar to this on Google Groups, and I like it a lot.
That one actually works
on new accounts.  In the groups I manage, each new member is set on
moderation status,
so that I have to approve or reject their messages.  As it works for me, if
they never post
there's no problem.  If their first post is reasonable, I remove the
moderation.  I can restore
the moderation or ban the user for future infractions, but I've never had
to.  In practice, this
filters out the folks who join just to spam the group.  It's low maintenance
for me because
I get an email whenever I have to take action, and this is just for each
user's first post.  When
there are no first posts, I don't even have to think about it.  The result
for members is also
good: they haven't seen spam in years.

It would be interesting to see if the list could have a selective "hold and
moderate" feature
like this.

Kevin O'Gorman, PhD
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