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Re: GR Proposal: Declassification of -private

On Thu, Dec 01, 2005 at 03:00:42PM +0000, Moray Allan wrote:
> Wouldn't it be better for people interested in opening the -private
> archives to try a pure opt-in approach first?  (Which wouldn't require
> any change to current policies.)

If most of the archive should be published, that's more of a burden on
both the people going through it and on the people who've posted in
the past, since the default answer would then be the wrong one. As a
first pass, looking at the 2002/11 archives (ie, the most recent stuff
that could be declassified if something like this had already passed),
I count 403 messages that might be interesting, 91 that aren't (vavation,
spam, etc). See master:~ajt/d-p.200211 and master:~ajt/d-p.200211.boring.

> I can see an argument in favour of publishing a redacted version of the
> whole archive (with e.g. phone numbers and addresses removed) after a
> long period (e.g. 10 years), but if only parts are to be made public
> then I can't yet see why an opt-out rather than opt-in system is fair.

If it's Debian's choice to determine how private -private is, then it's
not a question of fairness -- it's a question of what's best and what's
the least wasteful way of achieving that. (If it's not Debian's choice,
whether legally or morally, then 10 years instead of 3 doesn't make
any difference)


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