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[casi] Hate-mail sent to casi-discuss-list

Dear List Members,

As probably all of us, I was rather taken aback by the latest hate-mail
sent to us, without doubt by Darin. In particular, I was shocked by the
venom directed against Colin.
 Unfortunately this is something we can only imperfectly protect ourselves
from; usually only after the event, by removing the sender from the list
and the posting from the archive (as has been done). The only option
offering total protection for the list - though not for the subscribers, as
he has created his own list of our emails - is to moderate all postings,
which tends to unduly limit discussion (and create quite a lot of work for
the moderator). The only option offering something close to total
protection for the subscribers would be to moderate all postings AND
prevent the list archive from being publicly accessible. This would
completely contravene CASI's information-dissemination mandate.
 Thus, I am afraid we will remain vulnerable to such attacks and list
members will potentially find abuse directed at them. I am very sorry about
this, but unfortunately all steps to increase security have quite
undesirable side-effects.

regards and sympathy to those attacked


Nicholas Martin
CASI Lists Manager -

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