On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 07:59:48AM +0200, Stefan Sperling wrote:
> Receiving such a message at the end of a long release preparation day is
> indeed rather discouraging. Since this is recurring behaviour and can
> potentially have toxic results in affected project communities, I think
> we should document this in our release preparation guidelines to make the
> release manager aware ahead of time about the possibility of receiving
> moderation messages from annouce_at_a.o.
Updated wording after having read Daniel's post, which mentioned that
moderators could in fact sign their name on rejection messages to avoid
at least the anonymity aspect of the issue.
--- releasing.part.html (revision 1878172)
+++ releasing.part.html (working copy)
@@ -1300,6 +1300,20 @@ Ensure that your mailer doesn't wrap the URLs over
<p>NOTE: We announce the release before updating the website since the website
update links to the release announcement sent to the announce@ mailing list.</p>
+<p>It is possible that your message to the ASF-wide announce_at_apache.org will
+be rejected. This generates a moderation notification with a Subject line
+such as: <tt>Returned post for announce_at_apache.org</tt>.
+The originator of such moderation messages is anonymous if the moderator
+neglects to sign the moderation message with their own name, which makes it
+impossible to have an actual conversation with the moderator.
+If you receive such a moderation message please stay calm and forward it to
+Subversion's dev@ mailing list so the project can discuss whether anything
+needs to be done about it.
+In the past, this medoration mechanism was abused to alert the Subversion
+project about ASF-wide policy changes in the way the KEYS files are supposed
+to be handled. This is inappropriate because moderation is supposed to filter
+out spam. Policy changes should be discussed on the dev@ list instead.</p>
<p>Update the topics in various Subversion-related IRC channels, such as
<tt>#svn</tt> and <tt>#svn-dev</tt> on freenode.</p>
Received on 2020-05-28 08:07:25 CEST