FYI - Command Line Programs for the Blind

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Apr 14 14:45:19 UTC 2022

I'd like to know why identities are not revealed, I have my guesses, 
privacy, security, avoiding harvesting by bots and being suddenly 
swarmed with spam just for posting on a list...but it'd be good to know 
the reason why from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

Well, I'm not the horse, but I remember very clearly the problem and the 
subsequent resolution that obscured the identity of the sender. I was 
one of those people back about 7 or 8 years ago as I recall who posted 
to this list and got swarmed by mostly explicit porn spam after every 
post. I was not the only one who had a problem with this. So someone did 
write the list administrator, and it eventually led to the sender's 
identity being obscured from the From: header as well as all other 
headers that may have the sender's email address. Oddly, I've never had 
this problem on any other list, but it was a huge problem on this list 
at one point, which is what led to the changes made here. I'm not sure 
what led to the spammer getting access to the email addresses, but at 
that time, removing them from the headers seemed to be the best 
resolution. Perhaps it is a good idea to revisit this now that I'm sure 
software has been updated sufficiently to resolve problems like this 
without taking such drastic measures, but I for one don't want to see 
the spam swarms come back just by posting to this list. I hope this 
clears things up just a bit.


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