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Re: Should mailing list bans be published?

On Sat, 26 Oct 2013, Joey Hess wrote:

> Bart Martens wrote:
> > I suggest we keep things civil, with respect for the persons involved.  It's
> > really not up to Debian to harm someone's reputation, and that could reflect
> > bad on Debian's reputation.

> > Approaches I could support :
> > - post the bans with reasons on debian-private
> > - or maintain a list of bans with reasons in a text file on a Debian machine
> >   where DDs can read this info.

> Simply obfuscating the name on the list of banned users (or not posting
> any names at all, only links to the posts that led to the ban) would
> eliminate most reputational damage. Ie, random searches for that
> person would not turn up a high pagerank debian.org page listing their
> youthful indiscretions.

> Using eg "J. Hess" would probably be fine in most cases.

+1 for a elegance and gesture, but -1 for efficiency: F.Last is not
sufficiently obfuscated when Last name is not very common.   but
probably it would still be better indeed than publishing names publicly
complete unobfuscated.

Yaroslav O. Halchenko, Ph.D.
http://neuro.debian.net http://www.pymvpa.org http://www.fail2ban.org
Senior Research Associate,     Psychological and Brain Sciences Dept.
Dartmouth College, 419 Moore Hall, Hinman Box 6207, Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: +1 (603) 646-9834                       Fax: +1 (603) 646-1419
WWW:   http://www.linkedin.com/in/yarik        

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