This is a request to please change each distributed web's WebNotify
a) not mention an extra e-mail address like example@yourNOSPAM.company
. Instead, the system will use the address known for the given WikiName
b) possibly even comment out the one TWikiGuest
Affected webs in 4.0.4: _default, TWiki, Main, Trash, Sandbox.
I just went through a TWiki installation and found this the most annoying default setting. I had to change it in all places. I'd rather not
see the e-mail logs stock warnings for example.com.
Add a): not repeating the e-mail avoids redundancy and lowers the risk of stale data when people's address changes. Indeed, nobody in TWiki:TWiki/WebNotify
uses a distinct e-mail address.
Add b): I was considering using an empty e-mail entry for TwikiGuest in the
file (I'm using Apache login). Security considerations (read somewhere in TWiki) made me believe it's better to have an e-mail entry for everybody. So by default, this user would receive notifications: not ideal.
Summary: a) is important, b) is left to think about. Maybe TWiki should document what happens with bad entries there: silently ignored or error message in logs?
I came across TWiki:Codev/OmittingEmailInWebNotify
which mentions that TWikiGuest
will not receive notifications. This makes sense but should be documented in WebNotify
It would have prevented our admins from commenting out each TWikiGuest entry, which later led to incorrect indentation of subsequent entries, indented by 4 spaces, as follows:
# * TWikiGuest
* RegularUser - too much indentation
Summary: enhancement a) above is still recommended, b) is superfluous and superseeded by the following suggestion:
Please add something like this: Note: You need not comment out the TWikiGuest
entry, this user is always excluded from notification services.