Friday, November 25, 2016

Email upgrades

Over the last many months Robert has worked on upgrading cleaning up some of the (more than a decade old) email forwarding and spam filtering infrastructure.

We switched some more MX records over the last 24 hours and some domains and email addresses didn't work correctly. The relevant DNS changes have been reverted. We'll try again sometime soon.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Thanks to Digital Craftsmen

I just wanted to take a moment to give a quick "thank you" to Ben, Fahimul, Simon and the rest of the team at Digital Craftsmen.  They host the European CPAN Search mirror.  Recently they noticed the mirror wasn't performing as well as it should have been.  Then they helped quickly track down and resolve the issue.  Most hosting providers won't do that.  So...

Dear Digital Craftsmen, 
  Thank you for your help and continued support of Perl!
-The perl.org Team.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Want to help?

We're looking for volunteers to help with some of the perl.org systems.  Here are some specific examples:

  • Reply to some of the random emails that get sent to the wrong place.  (for example, "How do I do X in Perl?" sent to the webmaster address.)
  • Improve our spam filtering.  (Also, clean up our postfix setup.)
  • Migrate services to Docker.
  • Identify inactive Perl Mongers groups (and clean up linked services.)
If you're interested in these (or other projects), please drop an email to webmaster at perl.org.

Update: We received a lot of responses and are working with our first batch of new volunteers to get these and some other projects done.  Thanks to everyone who responded! 

Friday, August 21, 2015

DMARC and Mailing Lists

We have reverted the filter that rejected postings to perl.org mailing lists from domains with strict DMARC configurations.  (For example: yahoo.com and aol.com)

We've chosen to implement the "rewrite From:" mechanism for supporting this (similar to option b).  It's not perfect, but it's relatively straightforward to understand and implement.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Unscheduled Unavailbility

We're currently having (unscheduled, unplanned, unwanted) unavailability of perl.org services.  We think it's a hardware failure in the critical path.

Apologies for the disruption.  We'll update this post as more information becomes available.

Update: 8:00pm America/Los_Angeles.
Everything is back up now.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

rt.cpan.org SSL certificate update

Tis the season for SSL certificate renewals.  For the past five years, rt.cpan.org's SSL certificate was sponsored by IT-Kartellet.  This year, Best Practical Solutions has picked up the cert as part of our ongoing support of rt.cpan.org.

Please let us know of any problems with the update at our usual address, rt-cpan-admin at bestpractical.com.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Greylisting

We have experimentally enabled greylisting on the mail servers that accept mail for cpan.org and pm.org and some other domains.

We expect that this will result in a reduction in the amount of spam that makes it through our filters.

You may notice a slight delay in mail delivery, as your MTA may have to retry to satisfy the greylisting filter.