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Sunday June 24, 2012

Apache CMS: New features for anonymous users

Two new features have recently been added to the CMS, courtesy of David Blevins.  These features are geared towards streamlining the user experience for anonymous users.  The first feature is "Quick Mail", which is the analog of "Quick Commit" but for anonymous users who cannot otherwise commit their changes directly.  Quick Mail, which is enabled by default, will take the immediate submission of an anonymous Edit session and post it directly to the project's dev list, saving several steps that might be hard for a new user to walk through.

The second feature is a natural result of that known as anonymous clones.  In the subsequent mailout from "Quick Mail", there will be an url for committers to use to effectively clone the working copy of the anonymous user who generated the patch.  This makes review and subsequent commit operations much more convenient than directly applying the emailed patch to a local working copy.  In fact it is possible for users to clone a non-anonymous user's working copy, so anyone experiencing chronic problems with their working copy on the CMS can get help from other committers by simply using the "Mail Diff" feature to contact either the dev list or another apache committer with details of their problem.

We have added these features in the hopes this will considerably lower the bar for anonymous users in particular to take advantage of the CMS.  Please let your community know about them!



Thursday January 27, 2011

Controlling your SpamAssassin threshold

Committers,

The Infrastructure Team has just enabled a new feature to control your SpamAssassin Threshold for your apache.org account. The default score for user delivery has always remained at 10, but with this new feature you can lower that score to anything you want. Many people with older accounts will probably prefer a lower score, like 5, which is the default for all apache mailing lists.

To lower your score login to id.apache.org and change your 'SpamAssassin Threshold (asf-sascore)' attribute to your desired level. Don't forget to supply the form with your LDAP password.

Enjoy.

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