[oclug] Newsgroup revisited (was reply-to)
raywood at magma.ca
Wed Apr 21 23:45:58 EDT 2004
On Wed, Mar 24, 2004 at 08:23:43AM -0500, Bart Trojanowski imagined:
> * Milan Budimirovic [040323 20:15]:
> > I am thinking that perhaps everyone is missing the point in this
> > latest flamewar.
> > Perhaps we should start thinking in terms of resurrecting the idea
> > that we mirror the mailing list in a private newsgroup, something
> > that Russell suggested about five years ago?
> Looks like it's already there...
> ... but for some reason very sparely populated. Does anyone know who
> subscribed us to gmane syndication, and more importantly why it's not
> being done anymore?
Sorry for the delayed response, I just 'discovered' this thread in my
I recall getting notices on Tux about this Gmane thing. It was a
'negative opt-out' type of deal i.e. "we're going ahead and archiving
your stuff to a newsgroup without asking your permission; if you want
out of this arrangement then let us know".
I recall being rather incensed at the time that anyone would take such
action without asking first, and thus by-passing appropriate discussions
(such as this thread, for instance, or Board discussions of potential
user impact, etc.).
In any case, I recall taking some kind of action to block Gmane as best
I could, so that may account for the 'arrested' population you mention
My apologies if this creates yet another tempest in a teapot, but I'm
personally rather uncomfortable with the idea of 3rd parties harvesting
our mailing list without OCLUG's permission, and an opportunity to
discuss it first.
Oh, and I have no idea who's idea it was to subscribe us to Gmane
without asking -- I wonder if they have the guts to fess up? :-)
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