semi-moderating debian lists
These are some statistics about the approximate amount of spam mail
received from all the Debian lists I'm subscribed to during this month
Legitimate Spam % of spam messages
Below 0 5616 73 1.3 %
Between 0 and 1 1168 135 10.4 %
Between 1 and 2 156 167 51.7 %
Between 2 and 3 65 268 80.5 %
Between 3 and 4 6 27 81.8 %
* This data already contains a correction for the 1.8 additional
points every message had due to the NO_MX_FOR_FROM thing, which has
just been fixed today (thanks Jaakko).
* If I had to predict the spam I will receive next month from this table,
the data between 3 and 4 should be multiplied by 5, because the
"effective" threshold until today has been 3.2 (i.e. 5.0 - 1.8).
So, what about this?
-> For every list for which at least X people volunteer to be moderators,
messages having a score higher than Y points will be moderated.
X and Y are reasonable numbers chosen so that:
a) spam is greatly reduced (i.e. we would achieve nothing by setting Y at 4.0)
[ IMHO, 2.0 would be a good start for Y, since there are much more spam
messages over 2.0 than legitimate email ].
b) moderators do not have a lot of work to do (i.e. Y is not so low
that they have to moderate almost everything), and
c) legitimate messages do not have to wait too much before being approved
(i.e. X is not too small).
Naive question: Would anyone object if I ask the listmasters to
implement this procedure? [ Remember, "If you want something done,
do it yourself" does not work at all for things where you need root ].