[etoys-dev] re-synced forums and mailing lists

Timothy Falconer timothy at squeakland.org
Thu Nov 12 04:38:54 EST 2009

Hi everyone,

Good News & Bad News . . .

First the bad:

Just visited the Squeakland web forums for the first time in a  
while.   There were several real messages from people that don't have  
mailing list subscriptions, some asking for help.  Since most of use  
read the mailing lists and not the forums, these have gone unnoticed.

Now the good:

Also since I detached them (almost a month ago), there's only been one  
bogus account created and two spam messages, which is quite good.

The result:

I've resync'ed the forums and mailing lists again, at least until the  
spammers rediscover us.

For some history, here's part of the email from October 19th:

I've disconnected the automatic forwarding of forum posts to the the  
mailing lists, which will solve the problem for the current majority  
of our community that uses mailing lists (at least until the human  
spammers discover them as well.) This doesn't solve the other problem  
though, which is spam on the forums, which is unfortunately because  
most new users and children are likely to read the forums first, not  
the mailing lists.

This means I need your help. Please volunteer to become a moderator on  
the forums, so you can help me weed out the spam there.

Yes, we'll be attempting new technical solutions, such as blocking the  
most troublesome human spammer websites. But as with all spam, this is  
a game of tug-a-war between the spammers and the rest of us. There  
will always be spam we do not catch automatically, which means we will  
always need help deleting it before someone gets the wrong idea about  

For a history of this issue, search for "forum spam" in forum search.  
It had gotten better for a while, now it's worse again.

Timothy Falconer
Squeakland Foundation
"Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do."  ...  

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