Ban on spam-sender domains from posting to freebsd-questions
markham at ssimicro.com
Wed Aug 2 16:45:03 UTC 2017
I have been a user of FreeBSD since around 2.1 and in all that time I
have been a subscriber to this list intermittently. This discussion
happens about once a year, and usually generates more traffic than any
of the actual spam.
That being said...
1. Yes, there is spam. It tends to come in bursts, but really isn't
2. Having a subscriber only policy doesn't necessarily prevent spam.
3. I really don't see why the list can't have a subscribe-only policy.
It could even respond with subscription instructions for non-subs. In
all my years of watching this list, I can probably count the number of
instances that someone has asked for responses off-list-only.
On 2017-08-02 9:13 AM, Carmel NY wrote:
> On 2 Aug 2017 14:49:11 -0000, John Levine stated:
>> If fbsd would configure its lists to accept mail only from
>> subscribers, most of the spam would go away.
>> Approximately every other list in the world does that. I cannot begin
>> to guess why they imagine that isn't effective.
> You are wasting your breath, or maybe it is electrons or bandwidth or
> whatever. This exact problem has been discussed ad infinitum on this
> list. The consensus is that users of this list are either too lazy or
> stupid to subscribe to the list. I showed that I could subscribe
> (requires email verification) and unsubscribe in less than three
> minutes total time. I seriously doubt that anyone would choose to do
> that though. Apparently, it is the commonly held belief that somebody,
> somehow, somewhere, might want to ask a random question on this list
> and we would be infringing on his right to do so by asking him/her to
> first register.
> Strange how it works so well on other forums though. The FreeBSD motto
> apparently is, "Tis better to screw over the hundreds than
> inconvenience the one."
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