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List archive removal requests
I have a non-MHonArc-specific question to ask.
I recently opened my archives up to Google for indexing and have
become inundated with requests to have messages removed from the
Usually they're from family members who don't want grandma's
email address published, but I received one today from a large
organization that is apparently in hot water because of something
that someone posted ten years ago about a tract of land in
Texas. They now want me to remove all posts referencing their
organization and the poster.
What do all of you do? And are any of you familiar with the
legal requirements to remove messages?
When people signed up for the lists they were told that their
messages would be archived indefinitely and publicly.
And even if I remove the message in question, their message is
quoted in peoples' replies. Do I have to delete the entire
thread including what other people have written because this
guy's name might be in the email? Even if I only strip out what
he has written other people have incriminating information in
And, of course, the other big problem is time... If I have
to go through 10 years of archives searching for mention of
this organization or the poster and then edit the emails and
rebuild the archives it's going to be a huge timesink.
Thanks for any input,
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