How private is debian-private?
Posted Dec 8, 2005 19:19 UTC (Thu) by thompsot
Parent article: How private is debian-private?
If they posted under the understanding that it is a private list, then all their posts live in a private list. If there is a desire to open it up for the public to read, then an announcement of the change in policy should be given and anything posted after that will be open, but the old lists are still private. These particular archives would not even exist except for the fact that they were set up as a non-public exchange.
I think it's fine to stop the "understanding" or "agreement" and start a new list with new rules, but the old list should retain it's current properties because some people may have posted certain ideas or information to it based on it's current properties.
This is not a national government or tightly regulated entity where there is already an understanding that decades later information will be opened, it's a developers list for free software. I don't see any reason to blow up the trust of the people who entered one agreement/understanding and are suddenly told the agreement/understanding is proactively null and void.
'Let your "yes" be yes and your "no" be no'
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