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Re: Let's shut down address@hidden

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: Re: Let's shut down address@hidden
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 17:57:03 -0500

    gnu.emacs.bug is supposedly a moderated newsgroup.

Where does it say that?  This group is not moderated, and never was.

    In years past, I actually used gnu.emacs.bug a fair amount to report bugs
    and submit feature requests.  If I were just getting into Emacs now, I
    doubt I'd bother, given the state of this newsgroup.

I can see why you might hesitate to _read_ a list with a lot of spam,
but why, rationally, would the amount of spam affect your decision to
post to the list?  I don't see how it makes any difference.

The list still does its job.  I continue to receive this list, and
when a useful but report or suggestion comes along, I DTRT with it.
There is no reason for people to stop posting to it.

Reducing the spam would be useful.  One thing we could do to reduce
the spam is set things up to reject messages which fail to contain
"emacs" in the subject or body.  If these rejections send back an
auto-reply telling real users what to do, it should not be an

    In September, I sent an email to address@hidden

I don't think anyone reads mail to postmaster any more.
I was told, several years ago, that this was a general practice
on the net.

     offering to do manual
    moderation of help-gnu-emacs.

I did not know about your request.  I might want to take you up on it,
but first let's consider that automatic method.

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