Mark Doliner mark at
Sat Jul 28 13:46:24 EDT 2007

On Sat, 28 Jul 2007 09:32:39 -0400, Luke Schierer wrote
> On Sat, Jul 28, 2007 at 09:27:16AM -0400, Luke Schierer wrote:
> > On Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 02:40:20PM -0700, Bill Fassler wrote:
> > > I'm sure everyone has noticed the annoying SPAM that is now being
distributed by the mailing list.  Is someone working on stopping that?
> > > 
> > > Bill
> > 
> > The list is being filtered by spamprobe.  Between that, and my own local
> > filtering, I am seeing zero spam.  I cannot tell how much of that is
> > being caught at the server and how much by my local filtering.  
> > 
> > luke
> Looking at the archive, I see exactly ONE piece of spam making it 
> past the server side filter.  This does not seem at all to be a significant
> problem.
> Being an open list that anyone can post to has advantages and
> disadvantages.  The primary advantage, as I see it, is that we get
> feedback from anyone looking to report a problem or ask a question, not
> just those willing to subscribe.  The primary disadvantage is that no
> spam filtering system is 100% foolproof.  Without moderating 
> everything, it is guaranteed that at least a little spam will get through.

I'm still strongly in favor of requiring people to be subscribed to the list
to post to it.  I'll gladly inconvenience five people a month if it means
stopping 20 pieces of spam being broadcast to all 536 people on this mailing
list every month.


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