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On sf sell out
From: full-disclosure () lists netsys com (Scott Francis)
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 23:12:50 -0700
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On Mon, Jul 22, 2002 at 09:18:48PM +0000, looseduk () ductape net said:
Is this list going to be archived? Then anyone will be able to google the=
archives, and make off with whatever knowledge that ends up collected bei=
It's the Net. That's one of the major features. If you have something to say
that you don't want random strangers finding, why would you say it in a
public forum to begin with?
You can always use the X-No-Archive flag, which may or may not have the
effect you desire.
IMHO there's entirely too much angst over the ability of some *gasp*
non-list-subscriber reading one's valuable pearls of knowledge in a search
engine rather than a MUA. What's the difference, anyway? If you want your
words to stay private, encrypt them, or use a private list or network. Expe=
that whatever you say in a public forum will be hanging around for some time
to come. That's the way of the Net.
I think that we are all angry that things happened the way they did with=
securityfocus, and that's understandable. However, knee-jerk reactions wi=
get us nowhere fast. Perhaps something in the charter forbidding the sale=
the list, or assurances that exploit info isn't prostituted, etc. etc. wo=
be cool, and sufficient.
They would be pointless. Consider what you're proposing a bit more and see =
you don't reach the same conclusion. Trying to control the degree of
of information in a public forum on the Net is an exercise in futility.
(Besides, list archival is a good thing - many questions have been answered=
for me thanks to google searches of old mailing list archives, or Usenet
posts. I think we'd all like to decrease, rather than increase, the number =
FAQs appearing on lists we frequent. Archives make this possible, even if
people seem averse to reading them.)
-=3D Scott Francis || darkuncle (at) darkuncle (dot) net =3D-
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