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From Peter Junge <>
Subject Moderation best practices & FAQ
Date Thu, 07 Jun 2012 02:47:01 GMT
Hi moderators, *,

I have a couple of questions WRT the best practices of moderating AOO 
mailing list. As I have found, the mailing lists FAQs 
( are yet non-existent, so the 
discussion here should also be used to contribute FAQs.

My questions are:

1) Shall moderators contact senders who are not subscribed to a mailing 
list an letting them know that they might not receive the answers to 
their questions? Or, going one step further, pointing those senders on 
the list archive, so they can look for replies there.

I'm not doing this at the moment. If we would agree to do so, it would 
be good to draft a reply template that every moderator can use.

2) Shall moderators contact senders who are disclosing their complete 
contact information (e.g. telephone, address) that it will be exposed in 
public before moderating the posting?

My proceeding is to let those messages through if the sender is 
disclosing corporate contact information that one can find in 
directories or elsewhere. If the sender is disclosing private 
information, I'm not letting the message through but contact the person 
asking for an explicit allowance.

3) Should moderators report frequent spammers to Infra?

IMHO it might make sense to improve spam filters. Is there any automated 
process implemented?

FAQs that seem to be clear are:

Q: Where can I find the Apache committer's mail FAQ:

Q: Where do I find the "Moderator's and Administrator's Manual" to 
Apache's mailing lists?

Q: How do I recognize if a message on an AOO mailing list has been 
A: The header of an moderated email contains the item 'Delivered-To: 
moderator for ooo-*'

More FAQ are certainly welcome.

Best regards,

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