Spam to list participants (from &

Mike Sanders tmp1 at
Wed Apr 30 11:45:51 UTC 2014

Olivier Nicole wrote:

> Spam is *not* sent to the list, so abuse button or anything will not
> help at all.
> The spamers harvest the addresses from some web archive of the list
> (or because they subscribed to the list themselves) but they do not
> use the list to send smap.
> FreeBSD list *cannot* help on the matter.

No sir, not true. If an email address were mangled or otherwise
truncated this would not be an issue... Now obviously anyone that's
already infiltrated the list, we couldn't stop, however *future*
spammers can be stopped, witness an example:


The sender's email address is not exposed...

Once the email is sent to the list, the sender is then validated
against the list, the email is then sent all list users, with the
original *senders address obfuscated*. ie we should only see/respond
to the FreeBSD address, not the users address as so often happens here.
In other other words, *the FreeBSD list should mangle the posters
address in the message header before broadcasting to other list members*.

Wouldn't a simple script achieve that result?

It all starts on the list-end by exposing user's email address
& it can be stopped, provided we worked to make it happen...

Mike Sanders
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