On Fri, 16 Aug 2002, JC Dill wrote:
> I just had the following discussion with someone who discovered
> his list was added to gmane without his permission. The
> following quote segment several emails into our discussion has
> text from me, him, and my reply:
>>>> Would you support an RFC that addresses mirroring of mailing
>>>> lists and specifies a listname-mirrors.txt file that can be
>>>> obtained from the list server and which tells the
>>>> mirror-to-be what the mirroring policy is for the list in
>>> Would I support it? Yes. Will I write it? No.
>> I wasn't asking you to write it. I just think it would be an
>> acceptable solution, and wanted your input. I'll toss it back
>> to the listmanagers list and see what they say. :-)
> So, my question to list-managers: Do you support the suggestion
> that list managers/owners have some responsibility (ala
> robots.txt) for telling those who wish to mirror or archive the
> list what the list rules are?
> If so, do you support the idea of this file being made available 1, 2, or
> all 3 of the following ways:
> A) As a separate file that can be requested from the list server
> (like an info file) via email;
> B) A file to be found on the list server's website (like robots.txt)
> if there is a website; and
> C) Included in the welcome message.
I support it in all 3 ways at the same time (redundancy is often a good
thing, and certainly in this case).
I don't volunteer to write the RFC, but I volunteer to proofread and
comment on it. Or, how about using this list as a forum to produce
and refine it.
One thing that should be discussed (on this list and perhaps in the
RFC), is the default setting in the listservers. Since 95 % of
today's list owners never deviate from default settings, the
default settings will have a profound effect on how this will work.