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Maxim Kammerer mk at
Thu Aug 9 02:49:50 PDT 2012

On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Yosem Companys <companys at> wrote:
> Yes, as we say in the list guidelines, our policy as an institution is
> to keep the archives private.

For an open list, this does not make any sense — it only serves as a
hurdle. For example, the liberationtech-jobs list was mentioned a few
days back. I am curious, but not interested enough to subscribe,
confirm, archive the relevant notification messages, look at the
archive, then unsubscribe, again archiving relevant message after
confirming requests. So what I think I will do is use one of the
throwaway address services, forgetting about it immediately after
subscribing and retrieving a password, and you will get another
address to waste mailer resources on and to skew statistics.

I would also like to voice a few suggestions about this list:

1. The signature is ridiculously long. You can at least prefix it with
"-- " to enable auto-hiding in most mailers when people don't have
their own signature.
2. You should reject messages without one of the list addresses in To:
or Cc: fields. It helps filtering and prevents email from people who
put all their address book in Bcc:.
3. Reply-To: should be to the list, not to the individual sender.

Maxim Kammerer
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