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From Mathias Bauer <>
Subject Re: <id>
Date Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:36:13 GMT
On 22.08.2011 19:22, Rob Weir wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM, Mathias Bauer <> wrote:
>> On 21.08.2011 19:32, Andy Brown wrote:
>>> Watching the discussions here I have a question.
>>> How hard would it be to find out which forwarding addresses are in
>>> active use, last six months, last year?
>>> Seems to me if an address is "active' then it should be maintained for
>>> that user as that is where some contacts expect to find that person.  I
>>> have one of those addresses and in the last year I may have received two
>>> or three messages, all spam, so I do not need the address or really want
>>> it.  As has been indicated it was given when I initially registered
>>> OO.o.  I think I have received two or three actual messages with that
>>> address and that was over two years ago when I signed up for the
>>> Marketing Project.  I see no need to maintain address forwarding for
>>> addresses that are not used but do feel that those that use them should
>>> have them maintained for the benefit of the community.  It seems that
>>> most of us agree that no new address should be assigned.
>> The id@ooo addresses most probably are useful only in one case: getting
>> mail notifications about changes in the bug tracking system. If we want
>> to continue working with the existing bug database (and why shouldn't
>> we?) we might want to be able to reach anybody who has either added
>> something to an issue or has registered himself as an observer for this
>> issue. In both cases the ooo userid and so the mailing address
>> "" has been used to establish the contact. Throwing
>> away these mailing addresses would mean that we could no longer reach
>> the people that contributed to the issues or registered themselves to it.
> But we also know that there are hundreds of notices in OOo Bugzilla
> that are spam.  Has there been any effort to remove the accounts of
> spammers?
> I see a lot of spam still there.  Search Google: viagra
> Is there any way we can preserve the project's ability to contact an
> issue submitter, without at the same time allowing illegitimate uses
> of the trademark, uses which are detrimental to the
> project?
> For example, could we create a dump of the addresses
> and their corresponding real addresses, store that in the PPMC's
> private directory, only for use in contacting reporters of bugs?  This
> would be analogous to how Apache treats its MailAlias.txt file.

IMHO it's enough to prevent the creation of new "@ooo" addresses and
disable all accounts that spammed the bug tracker (like we did in the

If it is easier to do the mail forwarding by mapping mail addresses
explicitly, why not?

Two possible problems: people must allow us to use their "real" mail
address and have it listed in a file and the bug tracker must be able to
use that list before it sends out notifications. Maybe the latter is not
a problem at all, I don't know how the bug tracker works.


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