Hi Sam -
we apologize for your security deception there - but please note we
just use out-of-the box mailing list software,
lacking volunteer efforts to customize or modernize such software -
the "mailman"  e-mail list software has been used as "finished
software" and did not have significant uptdates
in well over 10 years - it probably could see some help as well.

But, despite seeing you have a legitimate concern, the default Mailman
message on the subscription site _does_ warn about the password being
sent in cleatext afterwards:
 "You may enter a privacy password below. This provides only mild
security, but should prevent others from messing with your
subscription. Do not use a valuable password as it will occasionally
be emailed back to you in cleartext."
(https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/gimp-user-list)

So, our apologies again, I for one can understand that in these days
of increase security and privacy awareness, as compared to mailman's
age, one should expect the password not to be stored in a retrievable
way in the servers. And as someone in the field, again, I for one,
know very well that one should not expect people to read all the text
surrounding the forms. (really: not your fault - it is just not
feasible to read all the fine-print in all sites we do visit).


Please, accept our apologies - I think I can say that for the GIMP
team. If you have the resources and will to volunteer and improve
that, or know someone who could, you are invited to step up and help.

(otherwise, just do change your password for a non-valuable one - the
current state for the lists is that the password is kept in cleartext
in the server. Also, there is no "password history" - so the sooner
you change, the better).

Regards,

   js (joão)
  -><-


On 10 April 2016 at 10:03, Sam Ashley <samash...@mailnew.com> wrote:
> New to this fabulous list and glad to be here, hi.
>
> Look I love gimp and am happy to join this list but please, if you
> insist on sending passwords back to people in the clear at least say
> that clearly in the sign up page right next to the password entry field.
> Better yet, don't send it imho.
>
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