|Security caution for posting / listserv changes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003 08:42:11 -0700 (MST)|
I'm an amateur radio operator (that is a "ham"). Anyone with a suitable radio and a little knowledge can listen in on ham radio transmissions. We take this as a given and treat the air as our open electronic neighborhood. Hams long ago learned not to discuss certain kids of specifics like vacation plan details (particularly when) since it is easy to look up where a ham lives. It is possible tho not particularly likely that someone with larcenous tendencies might (and in a few documented cases have) used such inappropriately released information for illegal purposes. If we have something best not said on the air which we would like to communicate to someone, we make a phone call or send an email... Cohousing-L archives are publicly available on the net... So you can see the analogy. It is possible and on a few occasions we have removed messages from the cohousing-L archives on request (it takes a special effort - in general cohousing-L and it's archives are unedited, ("uncensored")). Heck, these days most go unread by me :). Requests to remove messages from the archives are discouraged in all but serious cases. Messages sent to subscribers CAN NOT be taken back. Over 500 people get cohousing-L messages, anyone can subscribe, I dont know them all or their "tendencies"... That is, the archives are only one way information posted here might reach unfriendly folks. Please don't overreact to this message, in the larger scheme of things, cohousing-L and it's archives are a friendly backwater on the Internet. I know of no cases where willful deleterious actions have resulted from cohousing-L posts. ** Keep posting, just keeping mind you are potentially talking to the world. If you have stated on cohousing-L that your community does not secure your common house, I suggest you reconsider it's security. My personal perception is that cohousing-L it is not the source of significant security risks if reasonable precautions are taken. My phone number and ham call have been at the bottom a lot of cohousing-L messages in the last 11 years and I can count the number of calls I've gotten on one hand that I can trace to the list. SPAM is another question. SPAMmers probably do harvest addresses from Cohousing-L archives. However, we are far from alone as being a source of addresses for SPAMmers. The solution to SPAMing probably lies elsewhere . (Are you using tools from http://spamassassin.org ? ) Nevertheless, I am looking into ways to stop email address harvesting from cohousing-L archives when they are moved in the next few months... -- COHOUSING-L changes coming -- ( This update was posted as a note from me yesterday to a forwarded html post.) I'm hopeful that there will be some improvements in the list software soon. At a different ISP I expect to have the new version of Mailman (including automated stripping of html), consolidated facilities, better searches. The change should be near transparent to users. Particularly if you have a bookmark to the Cohousing-L Info Page at http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L (The real URL is still visible and would change.) Email addresses will not change. ** I know of a case where one subscriber thought they were addressing percieved mental health issues of a poster and contacted a the poster's employer. Hopefully the employer knew that diagnosing mental health based on email is absurd. The poster unsubscribed over that. Is there a mental health category related to 'flaming'? Fred, cohousing-L list manager -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 (near north Mpls) fholson [at] cohousing.org 612-588-9532 (7am-10pm Cent time) List manager of Cohousing-L & Nbhd-tc Ham radio:WB0YQM http://www.cohousing.org/fholson _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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