List Spam Filtering

Paul Kraus paul at
Wed May 15 13:01:28 UTC 2013

On May 14, 2013, at 10:18 PM, Da Rock <freebsd-questions at> wrote:

> I'm a big fan of _not_ having to subscribe to a list to get a quick hand with a one off problem (obviously not this one!)- otherwise too many lists get subscribed to, oodles of messages come in which you can't do anything about and so forth (so its not simply just a matter of subscribe, unsubscribe as noted). Unfortunately, many see it as a spam filter and thereby abuse it. How often do you need help with an issue with libreoffice, mozilla whatever, or other application? And yet subscription is compulsory and a ton of messages (devs convs mostly) come flooding in within minutes.

	Other lists I have been on had both a list and a forum that accessed the same content. While I see that FreeBSD has both, I do not think they share content. A forum gateway to the list would permit folks to sign up for the forum and NOT get a ton of email. If the forum were publicly readable that would also provide a way to look through (if not search) the archives.

	I am not trying to make work for people, just suggesting another way to address the competing issues of SPAM reduction and ease of access.

Paul Kraus
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