Core team, Sam asked me to issue bans for a troublesome spammer. I've done so, even just today. I understand I need quorum for larger decisions. This is why I have not yet reconfigured the list to permanently stop the spammer. After researching the problem further, I need your urgent attention.
I found that the spam messages sometimes link to other Google group posts affected by the spammer. A recent trail leads to a comp.lang.python Google message in 2017. I suspect that email addresses are scraped in unmoderated lists that freely hand out membership. After checking the list settings, I found that this is one of those lists. I hypothesize that our email addresses are being scraped and cross-referenced for use in other unmoderated lists. It's one thing to flatly complain about a spammer on this list, and another to willingly maintain a transmission vector. We need to stop automatically handing out group membership with our current settings. We can have ________ issue list memberships. I need you all to fill in the blank with "moderators" or "members." I'll translate the settings accordingly. Given the holidays, I respect your time. Please reciprocate with respect for the urgency this problem creates. I will revoke my own mailing list privileges and membership in three weeks, on January 8th, 2022. I will leave the settings however they read at the time to prevent interruption, and request that own messages then be deleted to limit the role my email address plays for the spammer. I am not volunteering to moderate membership applications, and I am not commenting on how to verify the impact of possible email leaks. Between the Discourse move and (majority?) perspective towards email, I'm not sure how I would be useful doing either. If my opinion holds weight, I'd advise the answer be "members" so that any available moderators can focus on rule breakers while the community grows at a self-directed speed. Let me know, and thank you. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Racket Users" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to racket-users+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/racket-users/5fa6a8bb-88e4-37c6-f0b9-2ed372bce8fe%40sagegerard.com.