too much spam (Was: no subject)

J. Buck Caldwell freebsd at
Thu Mar 16 21:07:37 UTC 2006

Andrew Pantyukhin wrote:
> On 3/16/06, J. Buck Caldwell <freebsd at> wrote:
>> You know, I tried printing it out, but I still can't see the naked lady...
> :-)
> Beware, by answering spam messages like
> that you get your address into spam filters all
> over the world. Change the subject line next
> time.
You might notice my email address - it's only used on this listserv, and 
is a disposable alias. I start getting too much spam on it, I 
unsubscribe, resubscribe with a variant (say, freebsd1), and kill the 
old alias. I can't recommend this enough to anyone running their own MX 
server - I never give out the same email address to two different 
organizations. That way I know who's violating their own privacy 
policies when I start getting spam.

To give you a for-instance - at work, where I have only one address, and 
it's given out to all of our vendors, I get about 300 spam per day 
(that's AFTER the RBLs). At home, on my own domain, I have about 130 
different aliases pointing to one account, and get about 3 spam mails a 
day, but to only two aliases - the one in my domain registration (which 
is whois accessible), and this one (because it's web-archive 
spiderable).Any other spam I get (which is rare), I check the privacy 
policies of the sender (usually legitimate bulk-mail services) and their 
client (Target being the biggest offender) and rat the former out to the 
latter as violating published terms of service, and cc: it to the FTC.

Oh - wait - sorry, I misread. You meant that people might not get 
messages FROM that address anymore. Meh. I don't consider myself that 
important; if people don't get my random musings, they won't miss them.

Happy Thursday!
I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

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