List Spam Filtering
Julian H. Stacey
jhs at berklix.com
Sat May 11 17:45:08 UTC 2013
"Steve O'Hara-Smith" wrote:
> On Thu, 09 May 2013 02:26:26 +0200
> "Julian H. Stacey" <jhs at berklix.com> wrote:
> > If list write access was changed to Subscribers Only:
> > - List could silently discard such spam.
> > - Postmaster@ (& webmaster@ weeding web archives) would have less work.
> > - Less individual need to select spam phrases to copy to personal
> > filters (& less time searching WTF dialect American above meant in
> > English ;-).
> The downside is that it would require people to subscribe in order
> to ask a question,
True. I suggest the up side outweighs the down side though.
I've always felt when I as a newbie somewhere, wanted to post any
other project's mail list to ask a question & get free help, then
I owed it to those there to subscribe if necessary.
However, FreeBSD could always provide a web Captcha anti spam validater
for those too lazy/ uncommited to subscribe questions@ ?
> this is also the reason for the convention of using
> "Reply to all" in FreeBSD mailing lists. It's been a convention for a
> *long* time, at least since FreeBSD 1.1 was shiny and new in 1993.
I'm not intending to question or suggest any change re CC behaviour.
(Maybe you mis-read or mis-infered what I intended,
or maybe I mis-wrote, or mis-implied, whatever, please forget that bit,
though as background I'd observe:
Questions@ didn't exist for quite a while after FreeBSD started,
Hackers@ & some others preceded it.
Various people prune CC when they get littered with too many CC. )
Julian Stacey, BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultant, Munich http://berklix.com
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