Forged messages being posted to freebsd-questions
smithi at nimnet.asn.au
Thu Aug 19 14:38:51 UTC 2010
On Thu, 19 Aug 2010, Rod Person wrote:
> At 08:31 AM 08/19/2010, Ian Smith wrote:
> > > Can someone please take care of this. Its getting to be quite annoying.
> > Indeed. That's because noone had forwarded copies with complete headers
> > to postmaster at freebsd.org, who I bet hasn't the spare time to browse a
> > fraction of the freebsd lists (let alone -questions :)
> Can some explain to me or know what criteria is used to determine when a
> posting to the lists need moderation?
> I have read post in the past that say the list is not moderated or comments
> such as above.
I was really hoping not to start a bikeshed discussion :( This is a
spam / mail abuse issue, not one about content, and yes it's off-topic
but needs dealing with.
This list is not moderated and is open to posting by non-subscribers;
it's been that way for a very long time, and arguing for moderation
won't change anything - who would have the time, anyway? Some other
freebsd lists are only open to posting by subscribers.
> But, then I try to post something and I get a "you posting is awaiting
> moderator approval".
There are some automatic checks; you can get that by cross-posting to
too many lists (more than two or three IIRC); sending to too many
recipients; posting to a list requiring subscription, maybe others.
> Then I get a email that my posting was rejected with comments that
> state "I don't see what this has to do with FreeBSD". But, then we
> have these junk mail and forged mail issues, not to mention I see
> replies that go way off topic of FreeBSD.
Some list subscribers sometimes (try to) help by mailing people off-list
about perceived off-topicness etc. There's nobody here but us chickens.
The postmaster (and assistants), on the other hand, is/are the only ones
who can do anything about blocking spammers and other abusers posting
to freebsd lists, and that's generally best all dealt with off-list.
postmaster@ removed from ccs; this won't help him locate the problem.
cheers, Ian (over and out on this topic)
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