On 19/07/2019 16:12, Stefan Seyfried wrote:
Am 23.02.19 um 04:10 schrieb Fraser_Bell:
Elections are over. Let's get started.
Did anything happen wrt phasing out connect.o.o?
When I did volunteer to tackle the spammers, I was actually thinking of a few weeks /
Today, there is still no sign of connect.o.o being shut down any time soon.
The most worrisome part is, that new accounts are either SPAM or SUSE employees. Lots of
I'm 100% sure those old-timer SUSE employees did not suddenly after 20 years have the
idea "oh, connect is such a cool
platform, let's register (and then do nothing on it)", so certainly someone must
have forced them to register to this
But why? Hell, I'm almost sure I accidentally banned / deleted some of these accounts
when doing the daily spam-chore.
Would it be possible for the board to investigate WhyTF all those SUSE people are still
And when we'll finally shut down connect.o.o?
Without investigating it, I can almost certainly tell you why, Connect
is still required for membership applications (that is the only reason
it still exists), from talking to the membership committee there was a
large spike in membership applications when I sent the email out to this
list about votes on the change of openSUSE's name and foundation issues.
It seems that there are alot of people who are eligible for membership
who didn't care enough about voting for the board to join as members but
do have enough of an opinion on the project name, logo and foundations
to sign up for membership in recent time so that they can participate in
those votes as they happen. I suspect a large percentage of these people
are SUSE Employee's. Personally I never asked the membership committee
who was joining as a new member but I got feedback from them that after
I sent that email we had the biggest influx of membership applications
in recent time. Thus the influx in connect accounts, I expect this will
die down again over time.
More generally to shut down connect we need a secure way to store a list
of members usernames and emails that only a select number of people
(Membership Committee) can access. I briefly mentioned this to SUSE IT
last week (they also have an interest in it being shut down) but I
didn't here much back in terms of a commitment to do some work for
replacing it. They are also exceptionally busy and understaffed atm.
But the short answer is we can shut it down when we have a replacement
"membership system", we just haven't found someone willing to look into
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