[freelists-users] Re: passwords [Freelists News] Misc. updates

  • From: Ravindra Maharaj <ravio@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: freelists-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 00:43:17 +0100

> We might be removing the option to add a password on the
> archives (discuss on freelists-users?).

I would vote against this. However because of these reasons
in favour:

> With anti-spam munging, privacy isn't an issue, so the
> need for passwords goes away as well.

> (The other argument was to keep help data private, which
> obviously goes against the FreeLists' mantra of openness
> anyway; [...]

I would say that archive protection should be very
restricted, and offered only in specific cases.

| For instance, I have an admin list which is tied into a
| magazine-type list. Discussions go on there that, if they
| were to be made public, would "spoil the surprise" in the
| magazine.
| Yes, it does go against the mantra of openness, but it's
| better that working versions of articles are kept private.
| Final versions will be sent out on the main list.

If in the unfortunate circumstance that password protection
is removed, I hope those of us with currently protected
archives will be given the option to NOT have current
archives made public.

Let me take this opportunity to thank the Freelists staff
for providing this excellent, unparalleled service.

Ravi (http://shell-shocked.org)

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