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Re: Blocking Yury Norov from libc-alpha

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Blocking Yury Norov from libc-alpha
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:01:28 -0700
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Carlos O'Donell wrote:
New kinds of misbehaviour simply mean we need to adjust the public
set of rules for blocking public access.

It's not that simple in practice. A determined attacker can easily evade the formal rules of a public forum using techniques like sockpuppetry. And glibc has security-related responsibilities that go beyond the usual politeness rules for text chatting.

Yes there are gray areas, and when in doubt I prefer a more-open forum. But serious and novel misbehavior can require immediate action even if the rule isn't written down yet.

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