Keith Moore wrote:
Lists for open discussion should require such hoops for participation,
esp. when there are plenty of reasonable, sufficiently correlated
identifiers than "not a list member" to identify spam.
assuming you meant "should not require" I'm very much in agreement.
Oops - typed too fast for Netscape. Yes, should NOT require.
especially when it's trivial to fix things so that the process used
by a moderator to approve a message also adds the sender of that
message to the "allowed posters" list.
I don't want to approve senders. I want to approve posts. Some senders
send approved posts as well as non-approved posts. Some formats are not
approved (BCC, CC'd in long lists, etc.)
I don't want to filter on sender; I want to filter on spam content, so I
filter on spam content. Using non-spam info (sender) to infer spam
content is needlessly indirect.