Re: DSSSList policy question

Subject: Re: DSSSList policy question
From: David Megginson <dmeggins@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 2 May 1997 12:29:36 -0400
Vivek Agrawala writes:

 > I agree with Paul & David's points.
 > However, is there a good way to enforce Paul's suggestion?
 > If not, I'd prefer to restrict the mailing list to technical
 > questions, answers & information.

With Usenet news, enforcement is very difficult; with a mailing list,
it is somewhat easier (though the opportunity for fraud still exists),
using the following rules:

1. Only subscribers may post, and only from the e-mail address with
   which they subscribed.

2. New subscription requests are approved manually, and must contain a
   full name as well as an e-mail address.

3. The membership list is not posted publicly.

4. Subscribers will be removed from the list if, after several polite
   warnings, they continue to post inappropriate material.

Even a not-so-clever hacker can route around these rules with a little
effort, but I cannot imagine that an SGML company would take the risk
of being caught out in such dubious behaviour.

All the best,


David Megginson                 ak117@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
University of Ottawa            dmeggins@xxxxxxxxxx

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