Hi, Patrick --
In my opinion, it is only a matter of time until we start seeing all sorts of other spam here as they do in other Google groups, and I fully agree that is unfortunate if true that unmoderated forums/email lists are as dead as unmoderated blog comments. I would expect the problem to accelerate once people see (1) that spam posts get through and (2) readership for the group increases. From the spam then start the threads of people replying to tell the spammer to cut it out, etc.
I agree 100% on the need to ensure that it does not become censorship, and from what I know as one of probably a dozen volunteer moderates for the Hector (Cassandra client) mailing list, the logs of rejected postings are available for all of the moderators to review and potentially override.
We could put it to an informal or formal vote, I suppose, or Shay can put on his Elastisearch BDFL hat and make a choice, too.
On Jul 13, 2012, at 2:30 PM, Patrick wrote:
Could you perhaps provide some examples of where moderation would've solved a specific problem? Granted, the most recent java developer mail is a great example, but I'm wondering what other examples you may have that warrant such a drastic measure? I mean, we could certainly moderate new users for a 'period', and I'm all for moderation if it solves a large problem, I'll even volunteer to assist I'd hate for it to turn into a censorship tool though, but I doubt that Shay would let that happen anyway.
patrick eefy net
On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM, Paul Brown email@example.com wrote:
Some other Google groups where I spend cycles have had to go with moderation and enough people have stepped up as moderators that it doesn't really interfere with legitimate list traffic.
Any objections to switching the list to moderated? (I'm willing to throw my hat in as a moderate and will rubber-stamp legitimate emails when I'm paying attention.)