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Re: address@hidden is premoderated

From: Carlos O'Donell
Subject: Re: address@hidden is premoderated
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:28:10 -0400

On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 4:10 PM Florian Weimer <> wrote:
> * Carlos O'Donell:
> > I placed the list on moderation to help with cooling down heated
> > discussions. It is entirely within the normal bounds of list
> > management to use moderation.
> It's actually very unusual to see this on technical/FOSS lists.  Some
> communities have secret and not-so-secret bans for individual users,
> but switching entire lists to pre-moderation is not something that
> I've seen often, not even during periods of intense conflict.

I don't have enough data to say if it's rare or not.

The GNU C Library main development list was pre-moderated for almost 5
years. During that period we moved a lot of conversations to the glibc
help mailing list using moderation. This helped new users get started
in a more welcoming environment. Just an example of a public technical
FOSS list that used moderation. Most people didn't know it was

In this case the intent was to keep the conversations on topic for the
list in question as documented for gnu-misc-discuss: (which I
didn't write).


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