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Re: Should mailing list bans be published?

On Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 08:56:59PM +0200, Ingo Jürgensmann wrote:
> Am 26.10.2013 um 19:46 schrieb Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org>:

> > This led to a philosophical debate about whether bans should be made public.
> > Alexander expressed concern that having them published could be harmful to a
> > person's reputation, since employers will google your name and see that
> > you've been banned from a large project such as Debian.

> I agree with Alexanders concern here.

I understand Alexander's concern, but why should it outweigh all of the
benefits to the project that I listed?  Particularly given that anyone can
already see the behavior that got them banned, why is it bad to also
disclose publically that they've been banned?

> Publishing other peoples personal data without prior allowance might even
> violate privacy legislation in some countries.

That's a red herring.  They've already posted their name and email address
publically by engaging in the behavior that got them banned in the first
place.  Posting that same name and email address with a statement that
they've been banned is not a violation of "privacy" under any reasonable

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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