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Re: Closed lists as maintainers

Russ Allbery wrote:
> > I hope we can agree that maintainers should be able to receive mail from
> > any legitimate sender.
> > However, some maintainer addresses point to mailing lists that
> > automatically reject mail from non-subscribers (without the intervention
> > of a moderator).  The case I am painfully aware of is
> > grub-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org, listed as the maintainer for grub
> > and grub2.
> > I believe this configuration is unacceptable, but would like to check
> > that there is a consensus on this before pressing the matter with the
> > GRUB maintainers.
> I agree that automatic rejection is bad.  I do think that holding for
> moderation is okay.
> The configuration that I use for pkg-shibboleth-devel is to automatically
> allow any message with X-Debian-PR-Package or X-Debian: DAK in the headers
> and then hold everything else from non-subscribers for moderation,
> expiring messages after seven days, and disabling the moderation
> notification messages to the sender.  I then review every message held for
> moderation through my own spam filters and go and approve anything that's
> legitimate, whitelisting the sender at the same time.  I set an expiration
> time of 7 days for things in the moderation queue so that I don't have to
> keep going in there and cleaning it out.  I also always use discard for
> things that time out or things that I reject.

With an active owner approving messages this sounds like a sane setup.

> I think it's particularly important to automatically let through BTS
> messages (X-Debian-PR-Package) and messages from automated archive
> processes.  Spam from those sources is extremely low.




Open source is important from a technical angle.             -- Linus Torvalds

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