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Re: Blocking Yury Norov from libc-alpha

From: Carlos O'Donell
Subject: Re: Blocking Yury Norov from libc-alpha
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:44:38 -0400
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On 10/22/2016 02:01 AM, Paul Eggert wrote:
> 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.

You raise a good point.

We could have an escape hatch: "In the interest of project security and
safety the GNU maintainers (project stewards) have the ability to ban
anyone from any part of project infrastructure."

And then the _after_ the incident we could discuss if this was a good
enough use of the escape hatch clause ;-)


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