Christmas Interruptions (and SPAM)

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Tue Dec 23 15:44:00 GMT 1997

At 12:54 23/12/97 +0100, Rzepa, Henry wrote:
>Dear all,
>During the Christmas vacation, neither I nor the local list administrators
>will be around to deal with any problems relating to the list.

The list has been going nearly a year now and it is fitting to offer our
thanks to Henry for all the hard work he has put in. He tells me that there
are a substantial number of non-automatic things he has to do that take up
a considerable amount of time.  It is very much a self-sacrifice because in
our dynamic view of education running the XML-DEV list does not bring Henry
any benefits. [In contrast I benefit to a considerable degree.]

>Given the most unfortunate spams that members might have received
>personally (ie not directly via the list itself), we have decided to suspend
>certain list operations during the vacation.

XML-DEV Members will almost all have received a racist, and therefore
illegal, spam today.  This did not involve XML-DEV - only its members - and
has not appeared on the hypermail, but we cannot take chances.  If
something like this were to happen, then we should have to take immediate
action which might well involve us instituting more complex (and therefore
costly) procedures.

I have mailed abuse at about this. Please do NOT mail the list about
any aspect of spam. *I* shall be around during over the next 2 weeks, so if
there are any pressing problems, please send them to me, though I can't
promise action.

I do not know - nor wish to know - what individual recipients do with their
mail from XML-DEV. I suspect that some redistribute it further within their
organisation - if so, make sure you have trapped and deleted this morning's


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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VSMS, Virtual Hyperglossary

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