In our continuous quest for improving accessibility to content, this morning I removed the password protection from the newsgroup NewsPortal
(a.k.a. the Simple Web Interface.)
This couldn't be done until the messages displayed by the NewsPortal were completely SPAM-proofed -- meaning e-mail addresses everywhere in the message were mangled in some way so that they cannot be parsed by spambots. Access to the news server itself, news.eclipse.org, is still password protected because I don't have an easy way to mangle e-mail addresses.
Bear in mind that some web sites mirror or link to eclipse.org content without this level of protection. EclipseZone, for instance, mirrors many eclipse.org newsgroups in its Forums
section, but fails to mangle e-mail addresses in the message body as shown in this message
. If you see other websites that mirror eclipse.org content without protecting your privacy, please open a bug against eclipse.org
In the last year, we've managed to remove password protection from mailing list archives, news archives and now from the NewsPortal. One step at a time, we're moving further from Exquisitus.