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Re: Spam (Re: Urgent Investment)

Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> writes:

> On Sat, Jan 26, 2002 at 11:23:01PM +0100, J?r?me Marant wrote:
> >   ... unless you find a mailing list manager that can associate
> >   many email addresses to a single user. Because, the reason why
> >   it is open currently is that one can subscribe with a given
> >   address, the one which receives mails, but can write with many
> >   others though.
> There are ways to do this...for example, the some lists maintain two
> mailing lists, X and X-post.  Only addresses subscribed to X
> actually receive list traffic, but any address subscribed to either
> X or X-post can post.  So users who post with multiple addresses can
> subscribe them to X-post only.

In Mailman, a user can turn on "nomail" for a subscription in the web
interface.  This can temporarily stop mailings during vacations, or
can be used to keep several valid submission addresses on the list,
but with only one of them getting email.  In practice, no more than
two addresses is needed, one public for the spammers to harvest, and
one for receiving the messages.  (Mail to the public mailing list
address should be read, but it can be changed with less pain if it
gets swamped by spam.)

BTW, I'm amazed there is so little spam on the Debian lists.  The
lists I run get dozens of spam every day!  Keeping them open for
non-subscribers simply isn't an option.

Kjetil T.

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