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Re: info-cvs] Re: a newbie facing tagging problem

From: R P Herrold
Subject: Re: info-cvs] Re: a newbie facing tagging problem
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005 03:46:53 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 24 Jun 2005, address@hidden wrote:

Please do not send MIME and/or HTML encrypted messages to the list.
Plain text only, PLEASE!

Why doesn't this list run something like the demime package to scrub HTML/MIME postings to this list, so people don't have to be bothered with worring about how their mail client is configured?

'I am not a number'
  -- Number Six, from 'The Prisoner'

Are you truly a number?

That out of the way, I write as the closest thing to a list admin which this list has. The list is heavily spammed, and the target of automatic 'spambots'. A couple years ago, when I started doing list admin, I spent several days getting the attention of the upstream server admins, simply to undertake getting rights in the Mailman. I have writen three following times on issues which have arisen, with simply no response from the upstream admins.

Sad but true.

The list is de-spamed (largely) by a pair of policies -- limit the size of posts (which is set low enough that much multi-part (mime-laden) email is caught and held; and posts limited are to subscribers only. Because of the huge spam and held load, I do not pick through that cesspool of held posts, and they are functionally deleted.

So one answer is that I cannot add a further explicit demimeing (in the fashion as suggested). As a matter of good news, the available de-mimeing options within Mailman are enabled.

More broadly, the issue of demimeing and de-htmlizing email has been done by me locally for years as part of my inbound filters.

That option exists for anyone willing to take control of their email stream; I am reasonably indifferent to a preson's complaint who says that they cannot -- for really, email addresses and domains, and the necessary compute resources to subscribe an alternative (filtered) email address are essentially freely available these days -- as 'cannot' really means they _will not_ take ownership of their own infosec.

- Russ Herrold

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