[haiku-development] Re: RFC: @haiku-os.org email address policy

Hi Niels,

thanks for preparing that overview.

On 2010-01-06 at 13:51:34 [+0100], Niels Reedijk <niels.reedijk@xxxxxxxxx> 
wrote:
> 
[ ... ]
> 
> Since the main objective is to add trust and recognition for
> communication with third parties, the email address will be - without
> exception - formatted as firstname.familyname@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 

I'd be fine with using either that or the haiku-wise known nickname. In 
communication with third parties, it should be usual practice to add the name 
as phrase to the mail address, i.e. 'fullname <nick@xxxxxxxxxxxx>'

> PRIVACY
> ---
> The email system is maintained by Haiku's system administrator pool.
> They do not monitor incoming or outgoing messages, intercept traffic
> or interfere in any way. Except:
>  a) At the request by the owner of the mailbox.
>  b) When abuse is reported (as defined above). The system
> administrators can then decide to verify the claim. This has to be
> done by an unanimous decision within that pool. Regardless of the
> outcome, the administrators will inform the owner of the mailbox of
> the claim and how they handled it.

I'm afraid this will not be the case, as mail messages are in fact being 
monitored by snort already. On top of that, we might have to install some 
kind of SPAM filtering for incoming mails to avoid backscatter bounces.

Instead of trying to come up with explicit privacy rules, I'd like to state 
that we will try to maintain privacy as good as possible within the realms of 
keeping the mail system in a healthy state.
IMHO, the requirement of unanimous decisions does not make sense, should 
there ever happen something unfortunate, like a spambot firing out mails 
through baron. With disruptions of that kind, any admin should naturally be 
allowed to put an end to it as quickly as possible, no matter whether or not 
the user whose address is being used is actually causing the problems himself 
(unlikely, I suppose) or if his account has been hacked.

cheers,
        Oliver

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