[maemo-community] Coding competition 2011 - mass emailing

From: Ferenc Szekely ferenc at maemo.org
Date: Tue Nov 8 16:19:35 EET 2011

On 11/08/2011 03:28 PM, robert bauer wrote:
> Ferenc,
> Thanks for your message.  If staggering the vote is not enough to reduce
> server load, please go ahead and use a simple filter based on karma and
> length of community membership so that the server load will be manageable.
Our community has 660 people with karma >= 100. That's a lot less than
57000. Tuning the mailing script (ie. 1 email per person) should not be
a big deal, though I have not looked that part yet.

> The other suggestions are appreciated.  While there is merit in more
> selectively reducing the email recipients to those N900 users most
> likely to have tested the submissions, or at least those who are
> currently active in the community, as indicated previously, the priority
> now is to get the vote completed and those additional factors, even if
> possible, are likely to burden and slow the process.  Of course, if I am
> mistaken in this regard, then Ferenc can point that out.
I can change the mailing script if the council agrees to introduce the
karma filter.

> Rob Bauer (SD69)

ps: http://maemo.org/profile/list/
There are 22 pages exactly that list people having karma >= 100. Each
page has 30 rows.

> On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 5:22 AM, Ferenc Szekely <ferenc at maemo.org
> <mailto:ferenc at maemo.org>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     Before the voting part for the 2011 coding competition really gets out
>     of hand I decided to check the situation.
>     For elections in the past we always filtered the number of people who
>     were eligible to vote. The filtering was done based on the karma value.
>     This filtering ensured that we are not sending out tens of thousands of
>     emails in a batch. The 2011 coding competition now requires us to send a
>     minimum amount of ~57000 emails (which is already a lot). This number is
>     valid only if we change the mailing scripts and send 1 email per person
>     for all the 9 categories they can vote for. If we don't change the
>     mailing system then it means > 513k emails.
>     This is not going to happen as long as I am root on the maemo servers.
>     We are not going to become a spammer organization no matter what.
>     I would suggest to revise the plans and take this voting to a web based
>     system.
>     ferenc
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