While we're on the subject of requesting changes to the way the EAD list
is managed, I'd also like to throw in the request that the list archives
be made searchable. The list has been around long enough that browsing
through the archives when trying to find an earlier discussion has
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
James Landrum wrote (on Fri, 18 May 2001 at 09:22):
> Kudos to Bob Kosovsky for his explanations and suggestions! This situation has
> arisen before, and the solutions have not been implemented yet. It is time to
> do so.
> It would not be difficult to implement or manage, and I would further suggest
> the listowner set the listserv so that confirmation of subscription is
> necessary. If the mail bounces back, as in the case of a spammer with a bogus
> email address the subscription can be rejected. In the case of advertisers
> with legitimate email addresses, if spam is mailed to to the list, the
> subscriber's address can be banned.
> [log in to unmask] wrote:
> > I'm sorry to have to have to criticize the listowners of the EAD list
> > again, but after receiving spam from the list, and as a listowner of a
> > Listserv list for over 6 years, I feel compelled to make some
> > recommendations.
> > Firstly, ANYONE on the Internet can see who is subscribed to the EAD list
> > without being a subscriber. I feel this is unacceptable, because this is
> > how spammers obtain addresses.
> > The listowners should add the following line to the list header:
> > Review=Private
> > This will restrict the REVIEW command to just subscribers. Only
> > subscribers will be able to see who is subscribed to the list. Of course,
> > that means anyone can subscribe to the list, get the list of subscribers,
> > and then unsubscribe to spam them. So if the listowners want to take very
> > strict measures, they can switch the "Private" option to "Owners" - in
> > which case, only the listowners will be able to see who else is subscribed.
> > Next, mail sent to the EAD list should be allowed only from subscribers.
> > To enable this, put the following in the list header:
> > Send=private
> > As a listowner of 4 e-mail lists (one of them with over 2,500 people), I
> > understand that they are occasionally difficult to manage. It is for that
> > reason that listowners should avail themselves of the tools that are
> > available, especially when they will protect the subscribers from
> > intrusions of privacy or unwanted e-mail.
> > Bob Kosovsky, Librarian
> > Music Division -- The New York Public Library
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> > Listowner: [log in to unmask] ; [log in to unmask]
> > My opinions do not necessarily represent those of my institutions.
> From the desk of James [Jim] E. Landrum III
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