[DB-SIG] List spam

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Tue, 06 Nov 2001 09:43:42 +0100

Greg Stein wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 05, 2001 at 02:54:17PM -0500, Andrew Kuchling wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 05, 2001 at 10:58:19AM -0800, chris@onca.catsden.net wrote:
> > >I seriously doubt he's ON the list. Just your stock standard spam, we need
> > >to turn on 'member posting only' :)
> >
> > Amazingly, he actually was subscribed to the list.  I've removed the
> > original poster and enabled 'member posting only', but I suspect it'll
> > get annoying and be turned off again before too long.  For example,
> > your post had to be manually approved for some reason.
> See my previous post about member posting. That is a *really* bad idea for
> this list. Way way bad.


I've seen spammers sign up on mailing lists too recently -- they
seem to have found out how to do this programmatically. In the end
the "member posting only" doesn't gain you anything except a lot
of moderator trouble due to the additional load of having
to accept all non-member mail.

A much better idea would be to add more spam protection to the
Mailman installation at python.org, so that messages from non-members
which have a high spam level are first passed to the moderator
for approval *before* going to the list.

Marc-Andre Lemburg
CEO eGenix.com Software GmbH
Consulting & Company:                           http://www.egenix.com/
Python Software:                        http://www.lemburg.com/python/