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 On 10/17/2010 3:52 AM, Florian Effenberger wrote:
Hi Barbara,

Barbara Duprey wrote on 2010-10-17 03.13:

Are you saying that letting unsubscribed users post to a mailing list
breaks rules? (That may be, but the issue has been discussed to
exhaustion many times and still looks like Lilliput's
big-endian/little-endian conflict!) If not, what rules are involved
here? In any case the primary resources involved would be implementing a
Reply capability in the LibO archive -- or settling on how to use an
existing archive that already has that capability. Everything else could
come later, as resources became available, though it would be good to
have a game plan.

I talked elsewhere in the thread about why I don't see forums as the
answer for the general public, I won't go into it again here.

it breaks rules. Believe me, during my last 6 years in the project, I received so many requests by people who "accidentially" posted to mailing lists, without knowing what they are, and then afterwards wanting to have removed their data from within Google, the archives and the like. Each such requests costs tens of minutes of work. In contrast, telling people how lists work, what they do, what they are for, is a one-time job, and they need 5 minutes of time to subscribe.


I understand, and you have my sympathy :-) -- but don't a lot of those requests come from people who *subscribed* but still don't understand "how lists work, what they do, what they are for"? I see plenty of those on the lists!

On the basic point here, is adding a Reply capability to the LibO archive a big effort? If so, I'll focus on the archives that already have that capability, and hope LibO will eventually be able to do this.

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