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Re: Spam in the bug tracker

From: Agustin Martin
Subject: Re: Spam in the bug tracker
Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 13:39:49 +0200

2009/5/8 Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>:
>>> Would it be possible to limit the bug tracker to mailing list
>>> subscribers? One can turn off receiving the list email in mailman, so
>>> it shouldn't be too much to ask for of users to subscribe. They don't
>>> need to get all that mail in their inboxes if they don't want to. Or
>>> would this requirement be a problem for report-emacs-bug?
>> Yes, it would be a problem for report-emacs-bug. We need to come up
>> with a way to get rid of the spam before it hits the tracker without
>> causing anyone too much work.
> The solution is known, stop looking for it: the bug-reporting address
> needs to be moderated.  As for the problem, it is that we have very
> little control over emacsbugs.donarmstrong.com and over the email
> processing at gnu.org, so any solution we come up with will currently
> not be applicable.

In the Debian bug tracker, a new message needs to have a special
pseudo-header to open a bug report. It would be good If only messages
sent to report-emacs-bug starting with something like

Package: emacs

automatically start a new bug report. This seems currently disabled.

A similar pseudo-header may also be required for a message be
automatically accepted when sent to the bug address or close a bug
report (Note that this is currently not done in Debian).

Everything else could go through moderation, if there is enough people
to handle it and the bug tracker allows that.

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