Strong objection to draft-ietf-WG-*.all noise levels

Brian E Carpenter <> Mon, 09 February 2015 19:00 UTC

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Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:16 +1300
From: Brian E Carpenter <>
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I see that the tracker has started using email aliases of the
form draft-ietf-WG-* to report on state changes,
and that these aliases now apparently include the WG as well
as the interested parties.

This is highly obnoxious. One problem is that for most recipients
the messages are pure noise (and any follow-up messages whose CC
list isn't manually pruned are additional noise). Another problem
is that they are in effect BCC'ed to the WG, so existing filters
don't catch these messages. A consequent problem of that is that
many people are likely to do what I'm about to do: figure out how
to spam filter all this noise, thereby risking to miss any such messages
that actually matter.

Please please please remove the WG lists from these aliases.
If something really needs to be brought to the WG's attention,
there are people who know they should do that.

   Brian Carpenter