I prefer that the list remain, even with very low activity. There are
elements that would be better discussed in a limited environment before
spilling over into wider distribution. For general questions such as
those often posted to Midrange-L, wide distribution is probably a good
But various topics involve personal attitudes, can take on "religious"
feelings -- e.g., "Use the cycle!" vs. "Modernize at all costs!" -- and
shouldn't clutter other lists. (Yes, I know that example is mostly
irrelevant to this list; it was just an illustration to avoid actually
mentioning relevant topics and kick-starting old debates.)
Another topic that _might_ have been more appropriate here first was
raised on Midrange-L a couple months back. I thought it would have been
better to cover it in depth here and later post a reference in
Midrange-L pointing back to the thread here; the Security archive then
would have it instead of Midrange-L. The topic was telnet exit programs
and the proper handling of bypass-signon and password verification.
A year or two ago, I saw that the source for a fairly popular
shareware/sample telnet exit program did not include complete handling
for those attributes. I contacted the author and had a discussion about
updating the source to include complete handling because, as
distributed, that telnet exit program could be exploited to allow anyone
total access to the AS/400. I also asked the author _not_ to comment
publically about it until he could feel more comfortable that corrected
versions had been made available and distributed as far as reasonable. A
more public discussion could have compromised numerous systems immediately.
Now, a discussion about that scenario already gets into the "Full
disclosure!" vs. "Keep it secret!" debate. As such, I'd say it belongs
here, not Midrange-L. When anyone is interested, the archives can be
checked without bothering those who couldn't care less.
In short, I'd vote to keep the list even with minimal traffic. The
_potential_ seems worthwhile.
Mike Wills <koldark> wrote:
I think many times the questions just get asked on MIDRANGE-L.
Do we really need this list if it isn't being used?
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