[Mailman-Developers] Spam/Scam button
brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Wed Dec 14 02:38:46 CET 2005
At 2:33 PM +0200 2005-12-13, Rui Correia wrote:
> I've just been cleaning up a list that I administer and suddenly it came to
> me that we could have a report Scam/Spam button for such items being sent to
> Mailman lists.
Where would this button exist? Who would use it, and how?
> Where I see the biggest advantage of this is that individual mail users are
> not going to / seldom do go to the trouble of reporting because it is too
> much trouble. Do be able to do so at the click of a button, would
> exponentially increase the number of senders being reported.
Mailman does not provide the end-user MUA functionality. It is
not possible for Mailman to pop up a button in Exchange saying
"Report this message as spam?", nor is it possible to support all
MUAs in this manner.
You could add a new "List-" header which would allow compliant
MUAs to give users a single button to click on, but there are
currently no MUAs that would support such a feature. Moreover, to
whom would they report the message as spam -- the mail servers
operated by their own providers, or the mail server(s) operated by
the mailing list host? How do you prevent abuse of such a button by
There are a lot of questions you'd have to answer before you
could come up with a reasonable scheme for creating a new "List-"
header that would perform the desired function while avoiding the
creation of any new major weaknesses.
Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>
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