[tor-project] List moderation or subscriber trimming on tor-talk@

Griffin Boyce griffin at cryptolab.net
Mon Jun 20 18:14:03 UTC 2016

   tor-talk@ has always been fairly off-topic and subject to overflow 
from the cypherpunks list, but lately it seems like an endless barrage 
of filter-evading nonsense. I'm filtering my inbox, but it doesn't seem 
to help much. I filtered for subject & body content, then people omitted 
specific names.  I filtered out specific senders, then people made new 

   There seem to be less than ten people who never seem to be on-topic or 
moving any conversation forward.  And indeed, many of these people are 
behaving the same way on other lists as well.  Long-term, these people 
have been causing exponentially more distraction than any benefit their 
(rare) good points have made.  While it's relatively easy for me to 
ignore, nearly 300 emails in two weeks would be hard to ignore for 
anyone who's just now subscribing to the list.  And those 288 messages 
are filled to the brim with the most base tinfoil-hattery.

   So with all that said, I would like to broach the subject of 
moderating tor-talk, or perhaps removing those few subscribers who 
always seem to be off-topic.  Understandably, this is a controversial 
topic, but I think it's critical to bring the list back to its normal 


There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary, 
those who don't, and people who didn't expect a base 3 joke.

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