List spam

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Thu Aug 18 13:46:48 EDT 2011

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM, Ghodmode <ghodmode at> wrote:
> 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.

Unfortunately spammers can create email addresses very quickly, and
CAPTCHAs are inherently weak (even the best of them are easily cracked
by the Chinese human "botnets"). However, I wouldn't be against a
system of spam filtering with three levels: Not Spam, gets straight
onto the list; Definite Spam, gets deleted; and Dubious, which gets
dropped into a mod's basket.


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