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Re: List archive removal requests

On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 5:55 AM, Christopher P. Lindsey <lindsey@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi everyone,

  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
  their responses.

  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,


The mail folder is in text format. you can edit out the information and rebuild the archive.

When someone ask me to remove a post because it has its family name on it, i just remove the family name from the mail file and rebuild the archive for that month....

I also use R13 encoding for email addresses so they all masked.

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