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Subject: Re: who opinion
From: "Gregory K. Remington" <greg @ gkrcc . com>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 08:03:19 -0600
To: <majordomo-users @ greatcircle . com>

> From: Mr. Sarang Gupta <>

> Majordomo is intended for voluntary, 
> public mailing lists, and should thus allow anyone to unsubscribe, and 
> allow any list member to 'who'. Other programs should be used for 
> "broadcast" and private lists... Opinions on this statement? - Sarang

Anybody concerned about privacy issues should make the minor modifications
necessary to suppress the 'who' command. I believe that the normal 'who'
behaviour should be denied and can think of no good reason to allow it,
especially without warning members that their email adresses, as a group,
are public and available to anybody that wants them (regardless of
the private_who setting). The current lack of protection is an invitation
to spammers and email address hunters and is quite easy to repair.

Again, I plead with the developers group (maybe this is already in
version 1.94) to consider changing the default behaviour of majordomo
to suppress output of the member list.


P.S. I will post my modifications to majordomo and if
there is any interest.

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