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Re: Spammers are now closing bugs

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Spammers are now closing bugs
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 07:27:56 +0000
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Hi, Glenn,

On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 02:18:21PM -0400, Glenn Morris wrote:
> Stefan Monnier wrote:

> > The incoming messages should be filtered the same way that messages to
> > emacs-devel get filtered (i.e. they need to be moderated).

> The moderation must already be being done, but at the wrong point.

> gnu-emacs-bug is moderated (many thanks to those who do so), and
> almost no spam gets through to the list. All the spam that gets sent
> to the bug tracker gets passed on to the bug list, but does not appear
> there, so people must be moderating it out. But at this stage, it's
> already entered the tracker.

> The moderation step should be shifted to be _before_ things reach the
> tracker, rather than after. (Though this found no favour the last time
> I suggested it;
> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2008-08/msg00889.html)

I missed that thread last August.  The argument (from Eli) was that
having the bug-gnu-emacs moderators also moderate the bug tracker email
would be too much of a burden for them.  As one of the bug-gnu-emacs
moderators, I don't believe this would be the case.  To me, it is
scarcely more effort to moderate 10 messages than 1; indeed, finding only
1 message is an anti-climax, and finding none at all is a major let down.
;-).  At least one of my colleagues on b-g-e is super efficient, since I
rarely see much on the moderation page.

So, yes, let's moderate the bug-tracker.  How easy is this to set up?
What does Don say?

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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