What's wrong with this picture?

Jonathan McKeown j.mckeown at ru.ac.za
Mon Jun 8 07:06:47 UTC 2009

On Saturday 06 June 2009 05:43:15 Charlie Kester wrote:
> On Fri 05 Jun 2009 at 15:06:40 PDT Paul Chvostek wrote:
> >If you elect to filter this person's traffic, and are concerned that
> >you'll continue to be inundated with replies, I'd like to suggest a
> >small procmail script I wrote years ago.
> >
> >	http://www.it.ca/~paul/s/procmail-filter-msgid
> >
> >It caches the message-id of the troll's posts and filters the message
> >(redirect or bitbucket).  It then caches the message-id of any message
> >that includes a cached message-id in its headers (i.e. In-Reply-To,
> >Refererences) and filters that too.  The effect is to hide not just the
> >troll's mail, but all the conversations he starts.
> >
> >I haven't actively used this thing since 2003, but procmail hasn't
> >changed much in that time either.  Hope it helps.
> Thanks, I'll give it a try.
> One thought however.  If I'd already filtered this thread, I would have
> missed helpful tips like yours.  I guess that's the price that has to be
> paid.

Unless you're absolutely certain someone is never going to talk sense, I 
reckon the backscatter is quite useful, to keep an eye on what the killfiled 
person is talking about and how people are reacting. Killfiling whole threads 
automatically because a particular person has joined in is a drastic step.


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