How to construct this port?
wmoran at collaborativefusion.com
Thu Dec 28 11:02:31 PST 2006
In response to "Ion-Mihai \"IOnut\" Tetcu" <itetcu at FreeBSD.org>:
> On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 12:53:34 -0500
> Chuck Swiger <cswiger at mac.com> wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > However, sometimes mail systems go down or block traffic for whatever
> > reason: postmaster's job is a thankless task, and this was true even
> > before spam and viral email appeared. Nowadays, it's harder to get
> > things mostly right (nevermind "perfect"), so postmasters make
> > imperfect decisions because they are faced with undesirable tradeoffs.
> Indeed :-(
> However banning a hole country isn't a tradeoff in my book, it's just
> plain [inset_the_word_here]. And sine it's giving a 5XX code there's
> really no way to reach the person in question.
I disagree. There are certain countries where the people in charge simply
don't seem to care whether or not they're spamming or not. It takes a while
for me to get ticked off enough to block an entire country, but there are
three or four on my list right now.
Besides, it's _his_ mailserver. He has the right to accept to deny mail
as he sees fit. Trying to tell him otherwise is like trying to tell me that
I have to eat a certain type of food.
On the flip side, if you're unable to get in contact with him, why not just
file a PR? At that rate, the standard timeouts go into effect.
> > It has not been my observation that insisting people not make any
> > mistakes commonly results in fewer mistakes being made, or much less,
> > in zero mistakes being made. :-) Rather than try to insist they
> > "are not allowed" to do something, I'd prefer to let people make
> > their own decisions and learn which ones are mistakes. YMMV....
> The problem is that, IMHO, this kind of rejecting affects us all as I
> think that being a port maintainer implies receiving and replying to
> users' email.
No, it doesn't. "Port maintainer" is a volunteer position. If you start
dictating too many things about what they must and must not do, you're
going to run short of willing volunteers.
I only maintain a few ports, but I'd quit maintaining those if someone
were to tell I had to reconfigure my mailserver.
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