CLP stats: last 500 posts

Steve D'Aprano steve+python at
Sat Dec 10 09:43:21 EST 2016

On Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:28 pm, Terry Reedy wrote:

>>> The spammer will still be counted,
> Why reward someone who actively evades defenses?  If you want to count
> spam, it is mostly missing, at least as far as python-list is concerned.

Its not a reward. Spammers are not like trolls, they don't hang around to
see the result of their posts. There no evidence at all that this Italian
spammer is looking for replies or responses to his(?) posts. He apparently
just fires them out.

I think that it is relevant that comp.lang.python receives X spam messages
from a certain person. It gives a picture of the health of the newsgroup:
how much of it is spam? Hopefully only a small amount.

> These slanderous posts, in particular, are hand-removed from the archive
> when they get past the automatic filters.  They are no more part of
> python-list than other spam.

Indeed. But although c.l.p is a mirror of the mailing list, it is not a
*perfect* mirror. The two do diverge: some things go to the mailing list
but apparently never make it to the newsgroup, and some things get to the
newsgroup but don't make it to the mailing list.

The stats generated by DFS are relevant to that.

“Cheer up,” they said, “things could be worse.” So I cheered up, and sure
enough, things got worse.

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