Can people get banned from this mailing list?

Matthew Pherigo hybrid120 at
Wed Apr 16 15:40:10 UTC 2014

>> On Apr 15, 2014, at 11:04 PM, Erich Dollansky <erich at> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:50:17 -0500
> Matthew Pherigo <hybrid120 at> wrote:
>> I was wondering if people can get banned from this mailing list. Not
>> necessarily for swearing or hate speech, but for constantly sending
>> crappy, potentially troll bait content to the mailing list without
>> contributing in any way. Sorry for asking, but I couldn't find a list
>> of the rules anywhere. Of course I have a name in mind, but I'd
>> prefer to tell it to a mod rather than in public. But, I couldn't
>> find out who the mods are, either.
> there is currently more spam than trolling on this list. There would be
> a way to stop spam, but trolling? The troll will get a new e-mail
> address and off he goes again.
> Erich

Hi Erich,

Firstly, I have to disagree with you; I'd say that spam is MUCH harder to block than trolling. Spam are usually going to come from a different email address every time, and a lot of the time they'll be from legitimate  email addresses that have been hacked. A good troll generally has to build up people's anger gradually, by building up a reputation with a persona.

As to the trolls ability to change email addresses, that's why you use shadowbanning. But, to be honest, I'm not even sure that this person is actually a troll; if they are a troll, they are much more subtle than 90% of trolls ever are. As this is a BSD mailing list, you would think the most effective way to get a flamewar going would be with anti-BSD content, rather then extremely stupid pro-BSD content.

Maybe it doesn't even matter, but it's just weird having this high quality, intelligent mailing list, and then out of all that, having this one guy who uses the mailing list like the way that my grandma uses her email contacts.

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