List spam

gene heskett gheskett at
Thu Aug 18 12:08:24 EDT 2011

On Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:08:00 PM Ghodmode did opine:

> On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 9:39 PM, Philip Semanchuk <philip at> 
> > On Aug 18, 2011, at 8:58 AM, Jason Staudenmayer wrote:
> >> I really like this list as part of my learning tools but the amount
> >> of spam that I've been getting from it is CRAZY. Doesn't anything
> >> get scanned before it sent to the list?
> > 
> > This has been discussed on the list a number of times before, so I'll
> > refer you to the archives for details.
> > 
> > Basically, the mailing list receives postings from Google Groups and
> > vice versa. Most of the spam comes from Google Groups. If you add a
> > mail filter that deletes anything with the "Organization" header set
> > to "", you won't see much spam anymore. In my
> > experience, you'll also miss a number of legitimate postings.
> You are absolutely right, it has been brought up before.  But I'm glad
> it's been brought up again.  It's such a problem that it degrades the
> usefulness of the list and the community.
> Most of the mailing lists I'm on are managed using Google Groups and
> many of them are on mailman, like this list.  I don't see spam on
> them, so I don't know what's going on here.
> It's not really filtering at all.  Most lists only allow members to
> post and the admins are quick to boot offenders.
> For the most part, I'm just a lurker, so my suggestion shouldn't carry
> as much weight, but here it is anyway...
> Make an effort to curb the spam even if it means killing the newsgroup
> availability.  Choose mailman or Google Groups, or another single
> solution.  Make it members only, but allow anyone to register with an
> automated confirmation email and a CAPTCHA.  Appoint a list admin who
> has a few minutes each day to scan subjects of emails for spammers and
> remove them from the members list.
> ... problem solved.
> Yes.  I'm saying we should abandon those who only follow the list via
> newsgroups.
> Yes.  I'm willing to do the work, but I'm not the right choice.

+100 (or whatever it takes) 
> > HTH
> > Philip
> --
> Ghodmode

Cheers, gene
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