[Bug 262909] Some "maintainer" addresses blocked to non-subscribers

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Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2022 17:35:11 UTC

            Bug ID: 262909
           Summary: Some "maintainer" addresses blocked to non-subscribers
           Product: Ports & Packages
           Version: Latest
          Hardware: Any
               URL: https://www.freebsd.org/community/mailinglists/
                OS: Any
            Status: New
          Severity: Affects Many People
          Priority: ---
         Component: Ports Framework
          Assignee: portmgr@FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: mi@FreeBSD.org
                CC: gnn@FreeBSD.org, ports-bugs@FreeBSD.org

Created attachment 232803
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Guidance from core@ on the matter of closed mailing lists

Some ports have MAINTAINER set to a mailing list (such as xfce@FreeBSD.org or
java@), which makes perfect sense, when the software is as large and otherwise

What does not make sense, is that these mailing lists are blocking

It should be possible for ordinary users to reach the port-maintainers without
having to subscribe to anything first.

Portmgr should take it upon themselves to pressure such port-maintainers to
a) open up their mailing lists to all (relying on other anti-spam measures);
b) provide a different address for contacting them.

A maintainer address, that cannot be reached by a non-subscriber should be
treated as all other undeliverable addresses -- and reset after a timeout

(Yes, ports@ itself is blocked, which is unfortunate. Yet, being a special
placeholder in this case anyway, it is easier for users to understand.)

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