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Re: gnu-emacs-help news->mail gateway

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: gnu-emacs-help news->mail gateway
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:16:47 +0200

> Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 08:39:43 +1100
> From: Tim Cross <address@hidden>
> Cc: Sivaram Neelakantan <address@hidden>, address@hidden
> Still misses the point. With mail lists, you MUST provide a legitimate
> email address.

You already did, a thousand times, when you posted here.  The 1001
time doesn't really matter.

And I talked about the amount of spam on GNU lists not by mistake, but
on purpose: the amount of spam in news groups is by far larger.  So
what if it doesn't get to you by a protocol other than email?

> It is irrelevant whether the lists you subscribes to
> gets spam or whether its spam filter is good enough to filter spam
> out. You don't  know for certain if people subscribed to that mail
> list are not getting spam directly to their inbox i.e. not via the
> mail list, but directly to the address they used in subscribing to the
> list.

Well, I post to many lists, but get very little spam.  So I think your
fears are greatly exaggerated.

> This is the big difference between mail list based collaboration and
> newgroups or web forums. With the latter, you don't need to provide a
> mail address.

If you still believe in the year 2011 that withholding an email
address will make you invisible and unreachable by spammers, then,
well, my sympathies.

> As I stated originally, I do see this change as being largely
> inevitable, but it is just not true that mail lists are an equivalent
> alternative.

I think it's a better alternative.

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