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Re: [alpine-devel] Improving Alpine Linux's email stack

From: Drew DeVault <>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2019 09:53:43 -0400

Was going to respond to this yesterday, but got distracted with
packaging concerns.

On 2019-04-03 12:07 PM, Natanael Copa wrote:
> > is free & open source software[0] (AGPL) and can be hosted
> > on Alpine infrastructure,
> The AGPL is not my favorite license due to it may scare off companies.

So? Alpine isn't a company...

> What is the strategy for dealing with spam? If a spam message gets
> through, can it be deleted from the archive? (I believe some spam is to
> get higher search engine ranking).
> Can you send to the mailing list without being subscribed, and have
> those messages moderated? We currently moderate messages from
> non-subscribers.

Yes, but this is currently a manual process. I'm working on better
moderation controls now, I just added ACLs for banning users or having
restricted-posting lists. Up next is removing emails from the archive
and automatic moderation for non-subscribers. I'm also working on more
spam mitigation techniques, like rejecting emails with invalid DKIM
signatures and other validation checks, expecting the poster to have a
well behaved mail server.

> Does this require subscribers to have yet another user account/password?

No, you just need an email address to participate on the list. You need
an account to create and manage lists, but not to post.

> > Patches are given special treatment on the archive, with patchworks-like
> > highlighting, links to specific lines & files, and so on:
> >
> >
> >
> > A gerrit-like interface for doing patch review on the web or via email
> > is planned to be implemented within the next few months, at least in its
> > basic form - which should provide a nice alternative to patchworks.
> Can this be integrated with gitlab?

No. I have some ideas about how to do this, but they're somewhat
complicated and will take time. If Alpine moves to, I'll
make this a priority.

> This is very appreciated. I don't have any objection to replace the
> mailing list software, but I want the infra team to decide.

Aye, ultimately it's the infra team's decision, and I'm happy to answer
any questions about or mailing list maintenance in general
from them.
Received on Thu Apr 04 2019 - 09:53:43 UTC