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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: Proposal for retirement of email forwarder
Date Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:24:38 GMT

On Nov 27, 2011, at 12:59 PM, Rob Weir wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 3:17 PM, Andrea Pescetti
> <> wrote:
>> On 21/11/2011 Rob Weir wrote:
>>> Please note:  I don't want to discuss here the merits of shutting down
>>> or not shutting down such a forwarding service.  That discussion was
>>> made moot by an ASF Board decision against hosting such a
>>> general-access email forwarding service like the legacy OOo had.
>> OK, I've read it and I still believe it was probably a bad choice, but we
>> will have to respect it.
>>> We didn't create this problem, but we're the best ones
>>> to help reduce the pain of this shutdown.
>> Sure. And I would actually turn your proposal in something less negative;
>> say, I would add that people who believe that an e-mail address is important
>> for community building can become Apache OpenOffice committers by
>> meritocracy and obtain an e-mail address (or forwarder, or
>> whatever it is).
> Good point.
>>> 4) Work with Infra@ on a custom bounce notification that would be sent
>>> in response to all emails. It would link to the wiki
>>> page from step #3.  Coordinate this so it is ready on or before the
>>> forwarder shutdown date.
>> Here it will be important to avoid that someone receives a deluge of
>> notifications by some automated system that is still in place in the complex
>> infrastructure. So this has to be handled carefully, but I'm
>> in favor of an automated response.
> So what systems do you think might be sending a lot of emails at once
> to email addresses?
> 1) Legacy mailing lists
> 2) Bugzilla?
> Any others?
> Give the above, it probably makes sense if we first disable the legacy
> mailing lists, and only then disable the email forwarder.  That will
> eliminate the largest source of bounce notifications.

You should discuss the details with Andrew Rist.

Let's not forgot that we do not need the same urgency retiring email forwarders that we require
for migrating the website.


> -Rob
>> Regards,
>>  Andrea.

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