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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: [Proposal] Shutting down legacy OOo mailing lists
Date Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:48:43 GMT
Hi Rob,

This is excellent.

On Oct 20, 2011, at 7:57 AM, Rob Weir wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM, Andrea Pescetti
> <> wrote:
> <snip>
>> I would turn the post you describe into a warning that the mailing list
>> address will change, including all information about Apache but not
>> requiring users to take action. I volunteer to consolidate the 12 lists into
>> 3 and to subscribe users to the right ones (of course, being "project owner"
>> of, I have a list of all subscribers to the 12 lists).
> I did an experiment on how we can subscribe users to the mailing list
> automatically.  I looked just at the technical aspect of this.  I did
> not look at the legal or policy implications.

I'm not a lawyer, but if a user has to approve the new subscription that may be enough to
meet even the highest privacy requirements.

Next steps if we were to proceed:

(1) Getting the emails from Oracle.

(2) Consider the forwarder and that many subscriptions to the OOo MLs use
that address. If we had that email map even if scrubbed of the name then we can apply that
transformation as well.

The subscribe email sent would then use the personal email.

The list of OOo emails would be useful for sending warnings that these "vanity" ids are going

It would be great to have a single message about the OOo MX transition.

Of note, securityteam@oo.o is being kept. Are there other community MLs on OOo that should
be kept? That's part of your inventory ;-)


> Moderators of Apache lists can subscribe new users to the list, by
> sending a specially addressed email to the list manager.  For example,
> to subscribe to this list, you would send an email to:
> Note the @ in the address is replaced by an =
> A moderator can do the above, but this still will generate a
> confirmation email, to, in English:
> -----------------
> "Subject:  confirm subscribe to
> Hi! This is the ezmlm program. I'm managing the
> mailing list.
> I'm working for my owner, who can be reached
> at
> To confirm that you would like
> added to the ooo-dev mailing list, please send
> a short reply to this address:
> Usually, this happens when you just hit the "reply" button.
> If this does not work, simply copy the address and paste it into
> the "To:" field of a new message.
> or click here:
> -----------------
> So with the moderator rights available to us now, we can't do a fully
> automated sign up of existing list members, even if we had resolved
> the legal and policy issues.  I don't know if there are other,
> administrative functions in ezmlm that could be used, by Apache Infra,
> to more fully automate this.
> -Rob

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