Posting restrictions on this mailing list (for spam control)?
rwatson at FreeBSD.org
Mon Nov 6 19:57:16 UTC 2006
On Sun, 5 Nov 2006, Spadge wrote:
> Ross Finlayson wrote:
>> Am I the only person who's tired of all of the spam on this mailing list?
>> Why is this mailing list not set up so that only subscribers to the list
>> can post to it? This has been standard mailing list procedure for several
>> years now.
> Spam is annoying, for sure. But I think every now and then spamassassin, or
> whatever system the board uses, dies, and on those days we get a bunch of
> spam. Usually, though, it's fixed pretty quickly ... until the next time.
> It's quite possible that, as the list members aren't moderated, the sending
> bots actually sign up. I'm not sure about this, though. I've not tested the
> list with an unsigned address, either, but it's quite possible you do have
> to be a member to post.
Once in a while, the spam filtering on FreeBSD.org keels over and the level of
spam briefly increases until it's fixed. Over the weekend, the FreeBSD.org
hardware was relocated to a rolling rack in preparation for it to be moved to
a different colo, since Yahoo! is vacating the current colo it's sitting in.
Disruption of this type often results in a window where spamassassin isn't
processing in-bound mail, so it bypasses spam filtering; I expect this is
probably what happened with respect to a bump in the spam rate in the last day
Robert N M Watson
University of Cambridge
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