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

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Mon Jul 30 17:42:21 UTC 2012

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.


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.

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