Update from the NANOG Communications Committee regarding recent off-topic posts

Scott Noel-Hemming frogstarr78 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 02:00:20 UTC 2012

On 07/30/2012 10:57 AM, Steven Noble wrote:
> The fix for this issue is trivial. Every new signup should require a sponsor or a deposit of funds into a new member fund. Once a member has made a relevant post regarding a NANOG related item their funds are returned.
> If someone spams they forfeit the money and it is used to help defray the costs of attending NANOG for the 99%.
> If the poster has been sponsored by a current member, said member is flogged in public at the next meeting.
> ...runs
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jul 30, 2012, at 10:42 AM, "Patrick W. Gilmore"<patrick at ianai.net>  wrote:
>> I'm sorry Panashe is upset by this rule.  Interestingly, "Your search - Panashe Flack nanog - did not match any documents."  So my guess is that a post from that account has not happened before, meaning the post was moderated yet still made it through.
>> Has anyone done a data mining experiment to see how many posts a month are from "new" members?  My guess is it is a trivial percentage.
>> -- 
>> TTFN,
>> patrick
>> On Jul 30, 2012, at 13:35 , valdis.kletnieks at vt.edu wrote:
>>> On Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:04:36 +0200, Panashe Flack said:
>>>> list for continued activity. And just for reference - have you guys
>>>> SEEN the "Linux Kernel Mailing List"? - it gets frequent spam posts
>>>> and yet is perfectly able to ignore the spam/irrelevant posts and
>>>> continue on its remit.
>>> For those who don't drink from the Linux-Kernel firehose, it averages
>>> 1 or 2 spams per day - and anywhere from 500 to 700 postings a day.
>>> As Linus Torvalds said, back when it was averaging 200 a day:
>>> "Note that nobody reads every post in linux-kernel.   In fact, nobody who
>>> expects to have time left over to actually do any real kernel work will
>>> read even half.  Except Alan Cox, but he's actually not human, but about
>>> a thousand gnomes working in under-ground caves in Swansea.  None of the
>>> individual gnomes read all the postings either,  they just work together
>>> really well."
>>> The list managers do an incredible job of stopping spam - but even if
>>> 50 or 75 a day got through, they'd just be lost in the noise.   You're skipping
>>> several hundred messages a day, skipping a few more isn't any different.
Would be an iPhone user to suggest such an idea. Thanks for not 
implementing this so us peons can learn a thing or two, too.

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