Spam on -ports

Jan Bramkamp crest at
Fri Oct 27 09:13:23 UTC 2017

On 27.10.17 01:24, Mark Linimon wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 07:50:40AM +1100, Dave Horsfall wrote:
>> Is it official FreeBSD policy to allow spammers free reign on this
>> list, or is the list owner merely incompetent?
> or is it 3) spam is a never-ending arms race, and the volunteers are
> struggling to keep up?
It is and low latency human moderation of all mailinglists is an 
unrealistic expectation.
> Honestly, I do not understand why people make posts like this.
Most precise low maintenance spam filtering works on meta that gets 
mangled too badly by mailing lists to be usable afterwards. From the 
point of view of spam filters the messages relayed by the mailing list 
originate in from a valid MX of Combining a strict postfix 
setup with postscreen and postgrey solved the spam problem for my 
domains with one exception: the FreeBSD mailing lists. To keep the 
signal to noise ratio on those acceptable I had to deploy a content 
based spam filter and have not yet found a good enough configuration for 
it. While not fair it is very tempting to blame the operators and I'm 
surprised how some spam campaigns manage to get unchanged content 
relayed through the FreeBSD mailing lists for months.
> Speaking as someone who, behind the scenes, helps people try to stay
> motivated, all you're doing is make other people's lives miserable --
> including mine.
I would like to help fighting the spam problem on the 
mailing lists. Can you put me in contact with the right people?

-- Jan Bramkamp

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