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FAQ

General

  1. Can I have my email removed from a public list archive?
  2. Is W3C sending me spam?
  3. Can you modify a subject line automatically to add a list-specific prefix?

Archive Approval System

  1. What is this approval system for?
  2. Why are you sending me mail? I did not send you anything.
  3. How does this system interact with smartlist's accept lists?
  4. Do you honor the X-No-Archive message header? Why not?
  5. Where can I send feedback on this system?

General

Can I have my email removed from a public list archive?

In general, no. See the archive editing policy for details.

Is W3C sending me spam?

No. W3C is not a spammer. See our Webmaster FAQ for more information.

Can you modify a subject line automatically to add a list-specific prefix?

No; see more about why W3C does not do subject tagging in its lists.

Archive Approval System

What is this approval system for?

In the past we have had problems with people sending mail to one of our archived mailing lists and then being surprised to learn that their message ended up in a public archive.

We have hundreds of archived lists and although we try to be clear about the purpose of a list whenever we refer to it, we can not control how others refer to our lists. Therefore there is always the possibility that someone will send a message to our lists without knowing it will be archived on our Web site.

This system takes care of that problem by requiring explicit approval from each poster before allowing their message to be distributed to the list. For the vast majority of posters who do not mind having their messages available in our Web archives, there is an option to approve any future messages they may send to W3C mailing lists as well.

A nice side effect of this system is that it helps to reduce spam on our lists, since spammers generally do not read the replies they receive (and many or most of the return addresses they use are bogus anyway.)

Why are you sending me mail? I did not send you anything.

If you received a notification message from us but did not send us a message, someone else may have forged a message with your email address as the sender. You can find out where the message originated by looking at the Received: headers of the message. (note that the only such header that can be trusted to be accurate is the one that shows when/where it entered our email systems.)

If you are interested in preventing email forgeries claiming to be from your site, you may want to consider publishing SPF records for your domain(s). W3C's mail servers automatically reject forgeries for domains that have published SPF records.

How does this system interact with smartlist's accept lists?

If you are familiar with our mailing list system, you may wonder how this archive approval system interacts with the existing "accept lists", which are the lists of email addresses that are allowed to post to each list.

There is no interaction between these two mechanisms. The people who were on the accept lists before this system was deployed have never explicitly given us permission to archive their messages on our site, so they will need to go through this archive approval step at least once along with everyone else.

Do you honor the X-No-Archive message header? Why not?

We do not honor the X-No-Archive message header, nor do we plan to. All messages distributed to W3C's mailing lists are archived on our site; this is a requirement of participation on our lists.

The intent of this system is to notify people that if they participate in our lists their messages are archived, not to allow them to participate without archiving.

Where can I send feedback on this system?

Please send any feedback on this system to archive-approval-comments.