Paul on 15 Oct 2003 14:22:02 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] OT: Spam

This doesn't seem like the gr responses that I'm used to. My screen almost caught on fire. some degree maybe it does resemble a usual gr response. ;-)

Mailman is capable of protecting its subscribers to a greater degree. Security is always a trade-off. Maybe we could trade some archivability for spam resistance. I changed my address and created a second address to get away from spam. I know I will always have to take measures to avoid spam, but lists like this should also consider taking anti-spam measures.

gabriel rosenkoetter wrote:

[Jeffrey, please wrap your lines somewhere under 80 columns, in
respect of those of us using a standard 80 column terminal to read
and reply to email. Thanks.]

On Wed, Oct 15, 2003 at 12:48:09PM -0400, Jeffrey J. Nonken wrote:

I don't know if my address was reaped from this list's archives,
but if not, it's only a matter of time. Is there any way you can
set the archives to save email addresses obscured in some way? I
can easily morph to a new address, but if it's just going to get
me spam to the new address, I can't see why it would be worth the

This is invariably an ineffective approach, and is always rather poorly received by technical people (myself included). It's rendering a historical record less useful (if not totally useless) in a vain attempt to hide from people abusing the Internet. Please, don't break the usefulness of our archives in the hopes that doing so will keep you from getting spam (it won't, anyway).

Address mangling works fine for newsgroups, but the list manager
won't let me post unless it's from the address that signed up for
the list.

Sure it will. Subscribe from the mangled address, turn delivery off for that address in the Mailman interface, and dump all email to that address into /dev/null.

So I'm afraid this has to be tackled at the list software end.

No, it doesn't. And YOUR spam problem is very much not the list software's responsibility. Filter your own spam out, please.

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