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Re: add sender without mail if mail is in some ignored-list?

From: Greg Troxel
Subject: Re: add sender without mail if mail is in some ignored-list?
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:10:10 -0400
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"Roland Winkler" <address@hidden> writes:

> On Fri Mar 27 2020 Michael Richardson wrote:
>> so, what do you wind up for address@hidden, which I also have a
>> problem with.
> I may have missed the point in the 1st email of this thread:
> What is the problem here and what would be the most meaningful
> strategy for BBDB to deal with this?  Is the problem that one email
> address is used by different senders and BBDB should keep track of
> this?  Or should BBDB merge the emails from different senders?

[starting form the beginning to be clear; not trying to talk down to you]

The problem is that the norm is that normally mail is sent from

   John Doe <address@hidden>

and that one can usually conclude that address@hidden is an email
address belonging to John Doe.

However, there are multiple cases where senders behave badly relative to
this norm.

One is things like

  John Doe <address@hidden>
  Jane Smith <address@hidden>

where there is a sender address which is sort of a role and sort of
faux, but a real person's name is misassociated with it.  This seems
pretty common in big company announcement lists.

The other, that mcr@ refers to, is gitbub's practice of sending email
that looks like

  John Doe <address@hidden>

This is broken in two ways.  One, it implies that
address@hidden is John's address, and this is the point for
bbdb.  Second, one can't reply.

So, bbdb should have some sort of list of email addresses that should
always be ignored and never auto-added in any way, because there is no
reason to think they are validly asssociated with a person.

address@hidden and any similar mis-used forge sender addresses
should be on this default list.

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