Moderated List: Good News, Bad News
Coral Health and Monitoring Program
coral at aoml.noaa.gov
Thu Jan 8 11:46:43 EST 1998
The Good News
(1) I have discovered how most spammers have been getting through,
and have corrected the situation (I hope).
(2) Subscribing and unsubscribing requests no longer have to be
approved, because of item (1) above.
(3) Since the whole reason behind moderating the list was to
stop or reduce spamming, I can re-open the list to
unrestriced postings by members of coral-list.
(4) We will again see great news concerning coral reef research
in a timely (almost immediate) fashion
(5) My choice of what is "appropriate" won't suppress freedom
The Bad News
(1) Because the list will no longer be moderated, you will continue
to see occasional irksome messages posted directly to
a) "Please (un)subscribe me to coral-list..."
[Send to majordomo at coral.aoml.noaa.gov instead]
b) "Hi, my name is Zeke, and I need a job/degreee/loan..."
[Sometimes coral-list is a proper forum, but not
usually. Please consider your messages carefully.]
c) "Could everybody please research the literature
on coral X for me, then send me everything ever
written on the subject? Oh, and make it snappy,
[These messages might be appropriate for folks
who are far removed from good library sources,
so we should bear with them.]
(2) Spammers can subscribe, post their junk, then unsubscribe, but
at least under the new configuration I'll be able to
see who they are (usually), and I can alert their Systems
Administrator. This usually means they'll be kicked off
their system, as well as coral-list.
(3) Under the new configuration, if messages to you bounce, you
may be put on a "bounces" mailing list. Messages will
be sent to you from this list, until they get through.
At that time, you will have to unsubscribe from bounces
and resubscribe to coral-list. Because of this,
**PLEASE** try to remember to unsubscribe from the list
under your old email address, then resubscribe under
the new email address. Also, if you anticipate a
reconfiguration of your domain name (e.g., smart.univ.edu
vs. really.smart.univ.edu), you may want to let me
I hope this will be acceptable to everybody. I will now post
some messages that were formerly in the queue for "acceptance"
by the moderator.
"You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself..."
-- From a classic American song by Ricky Nelsen --
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