[openssl-users] Delete a post to openssl-user mailing list

Michael Wojcik Michael.Wojcik at microfocus.com
Wed Apr 22 14:39:00 UTC 2015

> From: openssl-users [mailto:openssl-users-bounces at openssl.org] On Behalf
> Of Vollaro, John
> Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 09:56
> To: openssl-users at openssl.org
> Subject: Re: [openssl-users] Delete a post to openssl-user mailing list
> Can a message be removed by the system administrator of the openssl-user
> email forum?


It's a mailing list. When your message was accepted by the list server, the server sent copies of it to every subscriber. That means (nearly) every subscriber had a copy at some point; most probably still have one or more, in a "deleted items" mail folder, in backups, etc. Some of those subscribers are actually robots - often gateways and archives like Gmane, which forwarded your message on and/or saved a copy in some repository that can be queried later.

So, for example, your original message is also available from the Gmane web interface:


And that means it's been indexed and cached by Google and other web spiders.

You'll never track down all the copies. Even if you did, you'll never get everyone who has one to delete it.

I'm afraid that cat is not only out of the bag, but no longer visible from the bag with the naked eye and receeding at high speed.

Michael Wojcik
Technology Specialist, Micro Focus

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