though as a programmer i'm sometimes wary of pdfs, i think a system like
google drive which checks before downloading might work ok (we'll check on

or a serverside check on back-end maybe if a trusted one exists.

sans virus.

On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 5:30 AM, brynn <> wrote:

> Hi Fellow Moderators!
>        Welcome to our newest moderator, Abdur-Rahmaan Janhangeer.  Now
> with 6 moderators, 3 of which are able visit on almost daily basis, I'm
> starting to feel like the system is really able to meet its potential.
>        (Fyi Everyone, JAKE is now Panda.)
>        I'd also like to discuss a moderation issue regarding PDFs.  There
> was a recent image, I think it was the map of Europe, uploaded as a PDF.
> One comment which was posted, along with a vote to delete, was "pdf can
> contain viruses or get your ip on opening".
>        While I understand that potentially can happen, PDF is an
> acceptable format for uploaded resources (whether image or text) in the
> gallery.  So we can't delete them only because they are PDFs.
>        However, since their contents are not displayed, we must open them,
> to find out if they meet the CoC guidlines.  What would be the best way to
> get a look at the contents, without risking our  personal privacy and/or
> security?
>        I'm thinking we should download and run our local security scans,
> before opening.  (Or I suppose there are some free online scanners.  Don't
> have any links right offhand though.)  Does anyone know of a better,
> possibly  less time consuming (and memory eating) way to get a safe look at
> the contents?
> All best,
> brynn

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