Date: 7/17/20 6:11 pm
From: Kevin Gin <kevinagin...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Change to South Bay Birds list archives
It would be a shame if SBB were removed from Sialia. It would be a huge
inconvenience. And that wouldn't stop photographers from harassing escaped

Kevin Gin
San Jose

On Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 4:43 PM Chuq Von Rospach via <chuqui=
<> wrote:

> Because of the problems we've had today with the Red Bishop, and that the
> people abusing those birds are not birders but are likely becoming aware of
> these birds by birding reports, I've taken an action I've been considering
> on and off for a while but really preferred not to. Effective today, the
> South Bay Birds list archives are available ONLY to list members, not the
> general public. If you are a list member, you'll need to be logged into
> to view them.
> It is possible, but not proven, that SBB is what's keying these people in
> on these birds. It is also possible that it isn't. But I've wondered for a
> while whether public archives were a good idea. This closes down one way
> for this information to leak to people we can't trust and haven't vetted.
> That said, my gut tells me it's more likely they doing something like
> following eBird rare bird reports, which I have no control over. Or perhaps
> one or more are members here and quietly sifting through the postings in
> their inbox (if they are, they better hope I never figure out who they
> are).
> There's one other possible place that I've worried about for a while,
> which is the state lists digests as
> I would like to ask all of you to give me your opinion: do the benefits of
> sending SBB to Sialia outweigh the risks, given what we're seeing with the
> Red Bishops? I still see a risk of our data being leaked in ways we can't
> protect or control because of that site. Now I wonder if I can afford to
> continue supporting it by sending it a copy of our list.
> What do you think? I'm torn, and I want to hear your opinions before
> making any decision.
> Please email me privately (<chuqui...>), not on the list.
> chuq
> ---------------------------------------
> Chuq Von Rospach
> Email: <chuqui...>
> Twitter: @chuq
> Silicon Valley, California

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