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Re: Should mailing list bans be published?

On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:33:42PM +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Joey Hess:

> > 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.

> I recommend to use a web page, and not announce bans on public mailing
> lists because such announcements invite subsequent discussion, likely
> decloaking the banned poster.

Reducing subsequent discussion is inseparable from reducing both oversight
and the closure given to other list participants.  I don't consider posting
such content on a web page to suitably address the concerns.

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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