[OSM-talk] Make Messaging public, or other changes?
tom at compton.nu
Mon Nov 24 16:11:20 GMT 2008
David Earl wrote:
> If you send a message out from the website send-a-message with a random
> token in it somewhere (e.g. reply-to:
> "token"@privatemail.openstreetmap.com, or subject: bla bla ["token"], or
> in the message-id, so you can see any reply is a reply to a web-site
> originated message, then you could capture the replies and insert them
> as if they'd been done on the website. So long as they come from a known
> member and they contain a valid reply token, I think the risk of spam
> would be very small indeed. I'd certainly find it more convenient to be
> able to reply to the emails, and we could remove all the other stuff
> around the message which often outweighs the message itself.
Yes, I have considered this, and one day I might do it. It is
non-trivial however as the machines which have access to the database
are not able to receive incoming email.
> I wonder if we could even allow messages to be initiated by email (so we
> all have, in effect, emails of the form
> "username"@privatemail.openstreetmap.org or some such. There obviously
> is more risk of spam, but if it is restricted to say one email per
> minute and it has to come from a known email address, do you think spam
> would be a problem? (It someone is determined enough, they can already
> spam people: you just need a script to scrape the send-a-message pages
> and you can already do it through the website.).
I have thought about this as well, but I'm much more wary of this as we
will get lots of flak about spam and things.
Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)
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