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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Support questions to ooo-private?
Date Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:23:13 GMT
I know there was a mystery why we were getting a few questions/week to
ooo-private.   I think I found a clue.

Start from the bug tracking page, our BZ instance:

Note the language at the bottom "In case of problems with the
functioning of Apache OOo Bugzilla...".  Average user doesn't know
Bugzilla from their elbow.  They see "problem" and "Apache" and send a

The get an auto-response that says:

"Thank you for contacting The Apache Software Foundation OpenOffice Bugzilla

- If your concern is a bug in the OpenOffice software, please re-send your
  question to the mailing list, or look
  for an answer on the user forums at

 - For confidential matters ONLY, you may follow-up to the privately-archived  mailing list.  Normal bug reports are not
  confidential and should be directed to"

Does the user want private/confidential help?  Of course they do.
Identity theft, spam, etc.  Who wouldn't want this?

IMHO, there is no good reason to mention ooo-private in the context of
support.  This will only draw a percentage of users to send support
questions to the private list.  In the very rare case where there is a
security-related issue, where confidentiality is warranted,  the user
would be clueful enough to find the security page on the website and
submit the report that way.


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