The mail-news gateway removed by ISOCNZ to prevent one member posting to its public mailing list may soon be replaced by an unofficial offering.
The ISOCNZ council resolved last week to ban Alan Brown from the isocnz-l list for four weeks, after he flouted an earlier ban from the Isocnz members' list by posting an insulting message about Isocnz executive director Sue Leader under Leader's own name.
In order to enforce the ban, the council voted to remove the gateway software, which passes postings both ways between isocnz-l and the Usenet newsgroup nz.org.isocnz. The decision has been poorly received by many Isocnz members, even those who considered Brown's email spoofing to be unacceptable.
But yesterday, discussion from the list began appearing in the nz.test newsgroup. Craig Anderson of Abstract Technologies later said he had been testing an independent gateway "in case it became reasonable to have a list not controlled by ISOCNZ."
Anderson said the test ran one way into nz.test, with the opposite direction running from isocnz.org.nz to an empty public majordomo list.
There are understood to be at least two other initiatives for independent non-ISOCNZ controlled mailing lists underway. These are likely to put pressure on the council to reconsider its decision.