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[liberationtech] Liberationtech Mailing List Survey

Stephen Michael Kellat smkellat at
Tue Aug 14 13:09:12 PDT 2012

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Would you like to make the Liberationtech archives public or private?

The archives should be public.  If information is being sent to the list
that could potentially cause the death of others, that information is
being grossly mishandled if present on this mailing list as it should
not be visible on any list that is open to all to join.  Use of
appropriate tools let alone appropriate communications channels is
highly advised in those circumstances.

Should reply-to's be sent to the entire list or the individual sender?

This is hardly a high-traffic list.  It also defeats the point of having
a discussion list when replies are only sent to the originating poster
as that prevents there being any discussion.  There already is a
platform for posting-only and not worrying about replies though it does
restrict you to 140 characters and has interesting periods of systems

Should we reduce or eliminate the list-email signature text?

Leave it as-is.

Stephen Michael Kellat

On 08/10/2012 03:50 PM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Hi All,
> Based on your feedback, a short 3-question survey of the
Liberationtech community will be conducted to determine what changes to
implement. The survey will be conducted through Thursday, August 16,
2012, and aggregated survey results will be released on Friday, August
17, 2012. Changes to mailing list guidelines will occur shortly thereafter.
> To provide background info on the survey questions, the feedback you
have sent either privately or to the whole list over the past few days
has been summarized below under "policy implications."
> Should you have any questions, please let me know.
> Thanks,
> Yosem
> List Moderator
> *_SURVEY:_*
> * Would you like to make the Liberationtech archives /public/ or
> o Public
> o Private
> * Should reply-to's be sent to the /entire list/ or the /individual
> o Entire List
> o Individual Sender
> * Should we reduce or eliminate the list-email signature text?
> o Keep text signature as is
> o Add "-- " prior to text signature to enable auto-hiding in most mailers
> o Eliminate text signature completely
> * Public or private:
> o Public implies making the archives public both within mailman, and
we would also allow automatic, real-time mirroring of the list. Easiest
to do for simplicity and transparency's sake. Mailing list guidelines
would also be amended to reflect the change.
> o Private means that we would make the archives private and, if
possible, add Internet standard email headers or robot exclusions to
restrict or prohibit archiving. Mailing list guidelines would also be
amended to reflect the change.
> * Reply to entire list or individual sender:
> o Advantage of replying to individual sender includes preventing
personal replies from being inadvertently sent to the entire list.
> o Advantages of replying to entire list include:
> + Preventing people who forward emails from the list from
unnecessarily exposing subscribers' email addresses
> + Preventing list server from having to filter email to subscribers
who are in To: or Cc: (if anything goes wrong, they get an email twice)
> + Reducing both the strain on the server and the risk of triggering
spam filters
> * Signature
> o Signature currently includes instructions on how to change
subscription options (an issue that constantly recurs on the list) and
our Twitter address. See below:
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