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Re: spam on this list

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: spam on this list
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002 15:13:36 -0500
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On Sat, Mar 02, 2002 at 05:08:18PM +0000, David A. Desrosiers wrote:
> > To the owner of this list:
> > 
> > I suggest that the list is closed to the subscribers only. Quite a lot
> > of spam is being sent there.
> > What do you think ?
>       I suggest they use to lock out the spam from open relays. Most
> of the messages I've seen here as spam in the past few months have been
> specifically from open relays. Close them off (I've done it in sendmail,
> it's a cinch), and 95% of the spam will go away.

This has been discussed many times.

The maintainers' policy (which is to say, the Free Software
Foundation's policy) is never to block messages.  Not based on
subscription status, not based on open-relay status.  Anyone can
post, period.  Don't flame me.  I'm not defending their position,
just pointing it out!  You can read the original here:

The farthest it seems they'll go is what they've already done:
add an X-RBL-Warning: header to messages that they receive from
open relays, so that we can filter such messages out ourselves if
we so choose.

No, that doesn't save us the cost of downloading the messages.
But it seems it's what we have to live with, as long as the FSF
hosts the list.


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