Re: GNOME list admin/moderation seperation

I have no idea if I have contorted enough to make Thunderbird send this in plain text. Hopefully so, as there is no content that begs for HTML.

Ross Golder wrote:


I figure we just need a couple more volunteers, preferably in different
timezones. We modify the crontab so that the daily reminders are sent
out early each morning (say 8am) for each timezone that has a volunteer.
Each morning, the volunteer would process the most recent batch of
reminders (unless they've missed their slot for some reason), and then
delete them all. This should keep the moderator queues trimmed, and with
a roughly-less-than 24hr response time for genuine e-mails. Obviously,
the more moderators we have, the lower the response time, and the less
time each moderator will have to spend each morning.
This certainly sounds good, though I'm not sure I see it actually happening. The time savings I see from having more moderators is not so much from having fewer individual mails to review, as that takes very little time, but from having fewer lists that need to have the queue cleared every X hours. If you can find folks who will sign up, and check in on their lists at a specific time each day, this might actually work out. As for me, I've been doing it "when I have time," which is never at the same time two times in a row, let alone two days in a row.
With our current anti-spam measures, it's actually not too arduous a
task, unless you it gets neglected and builds up. You just need to click
on the link in a few reminder e-mails, type the moderator password into
each browser window, scan down each of the list for mails that look
genuine, mark them as 'Accept' and click the 'Discard the reset' tickbox
and submit. No rocket science required. Judging from experience, I guess
that it would take one moderator less than 20 mins per day to cover all
our lists, or a team of 6 moderators less than 5 mins per person per
day. There are also ways that (patching) mailman could make it even
easier, but I'll go into that another time.

I've found that, on my fairly decent computer, it takes me > 30 minutes to get to all of the moderator reqests, even if there are only a dozen or so per list. Most of my time is really spent waiting for browser windows to spawn, and for the pages to actually load after I enter the mailman password. I've found that the upper limit of my tolerances is about 5-6 lists at a time. More than that becomes tedious. If I only have 2 or 3 lists to do, I usually don't bother, as it will end up being faster for me to wait until there are 5 lists, so that the 'overhead' gets spread out a bit more.

If you, or anyone you know, is able to spare a few minutes a day to help
out the GNOME list moderator team (and to help save me a few minutes a
day), please pretty please drop me an e-mail.

I can still do "spot checks," but likely am not organized enough to commit to doing things at a specific time every day. Later,

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