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From Louis Suárez-Potts <>
Subject Re: Moderating ooo-private
Date Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:51:11 GMT

On 12-09-15, at 11:34 , "Dennis E. Hamilton" <> wrote:

> With regard to inappropriate messages to ooo-private, I agree that it is a good idea
to provide better information and to discourage the use of ooo-private for this kind of traffic.
 I think one problem is that some folks want their request to be personal and all think they
are (or want to be) reaching a support organization.

> I conducted an experiment to see how the list rejects messages.  The bounce I received
is the message immediately below.  The original request to ooo-private was returned in an
attachment.  That is attached to this message but I don't know that it will be preserved on
ooo-dev.  What that message is like is posted below the Rejection Message.

Peter can probably speak to this, too, but when I was doing this kind of list and many others
at OOo, I received routinely a lot of posts to webmasters@, usually by people wanting to communicate
with a Turing-competent entity, like me, or even better.  They reached that list/alias via
contacts@. No matter what we wrote on that page, no matter how they were redirected to the
Support page—no matter what, short of Moses and some tablets—they did what I do when confronted
with voicemail and sought humanity in an electron.

So it goes.

Lesson: live with it but try all the same. 

> - Dennis
>  -----Rejection Message-----
> From: []

> Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 08:20
> To:
> Subject: Returned post for
> Hi! This is the ezmlm program. I'm managing the
> mailing list.
> I'm sorry, your message (enclosed) was not accepted by the moderator.
> If the moderator has made any comments, they are shown below.
>>>>>> -------------------- >>>>>
> This is a test rejection message from the ooo-private list robot.  This comment is supplied
by the moderator.
> The purpose of this test is to determine how useful reject messages or a replacement
boilerplate could be helpful in directing users with problems to an appropriate place where
they are likely to receive assistance.
> <<<<< -------------------- <<<<<
>  -----Rejected Message-----
> From: [] 
> Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 08:03
> To: OOo-private Apache Incubator 
> Sorry about that.  I did not realize that was listed as subscribed.  Trying
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis E. Hamilton [] 
> Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 07:57
> To: OOo-private Apache Incubator 
> This is a test request form an unsubscribed user.  It is being submitted to see how useful
rejection messages are.  Please reject this message.  Please use the %%% markers and add a
statement to the rejection message.
> - Dennis (
> <Mail Attachment.eml>

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