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From Michael Stahl <>
Subject [PROPOSAL] turn off mail address mangling at Gmane
Date Mon, 05 Sep 2011 11:20:13 GMT

hi all,

the ooo-dev list is available at for NNTP access and via a web
frontend [0].

currently accessing this list via Gmane presents users not with the real
mail addresses of posters, but with mangled mail addresses, for example
when replying to such an address, the mail server will forward
the mail to the real (unmangled) address only after the sender has
answered a confirmation mail.
this makes it difficult for spammers to scrape the real mail addresses.

as has been discussed in a thread[1] on ooo-dev recently this mangling
is annoying.

as Gary Lee pointed out[2], the Apache mail archive itself already makes
the raw content of mails including real mail addresses available to web
scrapers, for example [3].

thus i propose to disable the address mangling at Gmane.

If there are no objections to the above proposal within 72 hours then
I will invoke Lazy Consensus and proceed to implement the above


PS: amazingly, if you look at the homepage right now, ooo-dev
is the 5th most active list today.





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