[Consortium] limiting email traffic

Marc-Olivier Barre marco at marcochapeau.org
Tue Oct 29 07:35:43 UTC 2013

Hey there :)

That's a very good idea Robin, and yeah, 13 is fine and I only know 1 that 
might go over the limit. Just out of curiosity, do we currently have a good 
troll on LAU ? I could use the entertainment :D

Cheers Mate,

On 2013-10-29 04:53, Robin Gareus wrote:
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> Hi all,
> Due to excessive posts - in particular on the linux-audio-user email
> list, I do propose to rate-limit the number of emails to
>   13 emails per user per 24 hours
> with direct follows up replies to self counting twice.
> It is not unreasonable to assume that a single user posting more than
> 12 emails per day is either involved in a heated flame-war or - for
> want of a better word - a troll. Neither of which is acceptable on the
> LA email lists.
> I recommend that we advice "power posters of short snippets" to rather
> use services such as twitter.
> I've checked some random samples and found that no reasonable
> discussion on the LA lists in the last 2 years required more than 5
> posts per user per day [1]. It is also always the same users (who even
> have received prior warnings to heed netiquette) who exceed the limit.
> But I still feel that permanently banning or even hellbanning
> individual offenders is not the right way to resolve things,
> particularly if these persons have no malice intentions.
> I have prepared a system that automates the process: It sends out a
> warning message after the 9th email and after the 12th email
> temporarily bans the user for 6 hours from further posting to the
> given email list. Ready to be rolled out.
> Please let me know what you think and if you advocate or veto this
> endeavor.
> yours truly,
> robin
> [1] 'reasonable' is subjective and the LA lists are also dynamic and
> the diversity of people involved in a given subject has a large sigma.
> The actual rate-limit may need to be heuristically adjusted. 13
> emails/(user*day*list) is a conservative start.
> PS. in light of my resignation as root and not being Mailing List
> Manager in the first place, consider this a gift. Feel free to reject it.
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