At 6:38 AM -0800 2/21/97, Dave Wolfe wrote:
>I sure wouldn't trust
>anyone who told me I could post anonymously without fear of reprisal.
>Besides, an anonymous mailing list is just asking for someone to abuse
Definitely. So if you want to anonymize postings, great -- but do it
after you verify they're really subscribers, and keep *some* private
record of who did what, so those that abuse the system can be kicked
off. At some point there has to be a trusted source to prevent abuse --
I had philsophical problems with anon.penet.fi (and anonymous remailers
in general... We're currently attempting to deal with a situation right
now where a user on one of my lists is harrassing another user, to the
point of e-mailing 250 meg binaries through various remailers, and
we're getting no cooperation in fixing this...), but anon.penet.fi at
least did it right. Someone has to know who's doing what -- they just
have to be trusted to not abuse that knowledge and keep it private. If
you completely remove any accountability from the system, then the
system *will* be abused and fail.
This isn't the first time people have tried this on the net. Nor the
last. But if you simply leave it up to trust, one or two yahoos will
kill it for everyone else. Every time.
Chuq Von Rospach (firstname.lastname@example.org) Apple IS&T Mail List Gnome
Plaidworks Consulting (email@example.com) <http://www.plaidworks.com/>
(<http://www.plaidworks.com/hockey/> +-+ The home for Hockey on the net)