[Mailman-Users] mail loops: list-request and vacation messages

Chuq Von Rospach chuqui at plaidworks.com
Tue Jun 26 06:21:20 CEST 2001

On Monday, June 25, 2001, at 09:13 PM, Bob Puff at NLE wrote:

> That was one wild autoresponder!

yeah. Made ME much more aware of why these things need to behave 
properly. I try, although sometimes I fall short with my stuff.

> But I still maintain that having the two variables I mentioned, x 
> number of messages in y minutes, this could be "tuned" per list to be 
> 90% effective.

My problem is the false positive problem. You can tune it to catch 90% 
of the mail loops, but mail loops are generally pretty infrequent 
anyway. But can you tune it to do that AND not cause false positives 
with your prolific posters? That's not so easy. You run the risk of 
throttling key posters or motivated discussions -- all in the name of 
occasionally catching a mail loop.

I've found that false positives are VERY bad things on a list. So I'd 
rather do without a filter than one that causes them, unless it's very, 
very important to trap whatever Im trapping.

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