harmar at member.fsf.org
Mon Aug 1 15:17:05 EDT 2011
Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> I've noticed that python-list gets significantly more spam than the
>> > other lists I subscribe to. There's an example below.
> Thanks for that! I missed it the first time, so it is very helpful for you
> to forward it. It's especially helpful that you included all the spammer's
> URLs, as that will help improve their Google page ranks. I'm sure the
> spammer will thank you for your assistance.
Yeah, a couple of good rules to follow for well intentioned citizens:
1) don't feed the trolls
2) don't repackage spam
Having said that, either because I was tired or because I dropped my
defensive posture, I have messed up on those two little rules more than
It is possible to filter spam very effectively. My mail client has a
spam-can based on a multitude of trial and guess rules that with almost
oh 97 percent rate puts the right stuff into the can and saves me the
trouble of manually filtering it. Granted, I still need to quickly peek
through the can files... but this is pretty easy to do... because non
spam shows up like a rose among thorns in a spam-can.
The trouble is that this group does like to debate off-topic stuff
frequently (usually its at least edge related to Python) and so who is
to tell (as a moderator) what is spam? Well, your example is fairly
obvious, but other stuff (even like this note) may not be. I don't
consider this spam, because its related to this list and because I am
interested in the same issue as your OP complaint. But, I am absolutely
sure that others will view your note, and mine, as spam... see the problem?
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