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> Bruce Campbell <bc at humbug.org.au> moved upon the face of the 'Net
> and spake thusly:
> > So, is it (the current configuration, the explanations of the
> > configuration, the handholding required when people complaing that they
> > cannot post because of misinterpreting the configuration) worth the
> > hassle? I'd like to think so. If you have a better solution which
> > does not open the lists up to random spamming, please speak up.
> Given that I'm on some lists that *are* open to any spamming luser, I
> think the current closed state is good.
I agree. Spam in a can is OK (in something), but in your Inbox
it just tastes FOUL and should be avoided at all times.
> The only alternative I could think of would be a self-moderation
> scheme (first post from a new address requires confirmation), as used
> by some newsfroups (eg. comp.infosystems.www.authoring.cgi). Given
> that spam rarely has a valid return address, such a system would weed
> out the crap. OTOH, it would generate the hassle of bounced
> confirmation mail, which would I suspect sway most BlistOFHs away from
> this course.
Take a look at mail.abuse.org to see some ways around this. The
MAPS RSS service looks like a good way to protect yourself from *some*
spammers. As this list is updated dynamically, once an organization
cleans up their act, they are removed from this list, and mail can
once again flow freely. Sounds like a good idea to me.
> On the gripping hand, how often does your average list get spammed
> anyhow? The lists I hang out on? Quarterly at worst.
Which is too often. :-)
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