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Re: Spam on info-cvs list.

From: Wim Kerkhoff
Subject: Re: Spam on info-cvs list.
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 22:51:23 -0800

"Greg A. Woods" wrote:
> [ On Monday, January 14, 2002 at 06:35:47 (-0800), Wim Kerkhoff wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: Spam on info-cvs list.
> >
> > I got fed up, so on Saturday installed SpamAssassin in conjuction with
> > Vipul's Razor. It seems to work extremely well, and I suggest others to
> > do the same. I checked my 'caughtspam' folder (where all spam gets
> > filtered to after being defanged) this morning. Every spam message sent
> > to the list since Saturday was trapped.
> The problem is with distribution of the spam.  I don't even want to
> receive it, let alone be one of the hundreds of people who has to filter
> out my own individual copy of it.  Spammers get free distribution with
> lists and it saves them a bundle.  List maintainers must learn to be
> ruthless at stopping spam.
> Restricted posting (allowing only subscribers and their registered
> alternate posting addresses to post) is apparently VERY effective on all
> the other mailing lists I'm on.
> On the other hand even if the list distribution host blocked all mail
> from known open relays (eg. those listed in and from
> sites listed in I guarantee there'd be only a tiny
> fraction of the current spams would have made it onto the list (I've
> checked many of them manually, so I know this to be factual).  For
> example the spam that came out from the .kr site early this AM would
> have been blocked:

I'm sure this has been brought up many times on this list in the past...

Until the list admins either do something about it, or somebody with
decent bandwidth takes it over, I shall continue to use Spam Assassin to
filter out the animated-gif html porn.

I'm not to sure how affective RBL lists are -- some of the valid
messages on this list are going through relays that are RBL'd. Now, that
sucks -- both for the poster how may be asking a valid question, or
somebody who's waiting for an answer... its not the user's fault that
some ISP somewhere is black listed.

Spam is one of the things I hate, but I just learn to cope with (hit
'd'!) and ignore.  Most people don't have time or a desire to do
anything more.



Wim Kerkhoff, Software Engineer
Merilus, Inc.  -|-
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