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[EdLUG] Hello from a lurker and why is the list configured this way?

Edinburgh Linux Users Group edlug at
Thu Mar 24 12:07:49 UTC 2016

I second this opening up!

I am a new member.  When I first joined, I assumed this anonymity was a part of deliberate clique apparatus, and to tell
you the truth, it turned me off a little.  

Restricting knowledge of poster identity makes it harder for a newcomer to break into the established Edinburgh tech
scene.  It stops an entrant from understanding the work and thoughts of other local programmers.  I don’t think that
is healthy.

To quote E.S.R.: 

Concealing your identity behind a handle is a juvenile and silly behavior characteristic of crackers, warez d00dz, and
other lower life forms. Hackers don't do this; they're proud of what they do and want it associated with their real

As a name is but a means of address, I would suggest this mantra applies to email addresses too. (At least in this

I further suggest this is an appropriate attitude not only for hackers, but would be beneficial to the parallel cultures
of working developers, freelance programmers, students, and whoever else reads Linux lists too.

John Morrice

john at <mailto:john at> <>

> On 24 Mar 2016, at 11:34, Edinburgh Linux Users Group <edlug at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been a lurker on this list for many years. I'm a retired IT guy who
> used to work at Heriot-Watt. I'm amusing myself in my waning years by
> being an occasional contributor to (and part-time admin for) Hacker
> Public Radio (
> I thought it was time I said "Hello".
> While I'm de-lurking I wondered why the Mailman configuration for this
> list was set to 'anonymous_list = Yes'. This is documented as:
> "anonymous_list (general): Hide the sender of a message, replacing it
> with the list address (Removes From, Sender and Reply-To fields)"
> Do most list members wish not to reveal their email addresses?
> I administer the HPR Mailman list and we have this set to 'No'.
> Regards,
> Dave
> -- 
> Dave Morriss, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK | perloid at
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