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Re: Spam (Re: Urgent Investment)

on Mon, Jan 28, 2002 at 03:50 PM -0500, Matt Zimmerman (mdz@debian.org) wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 28, 2002 at 02:37:44PM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> > >>"Matt" == Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> writes:
> > 
> >  Matt> The only measure that seems to work is restricting list postings to
> >  Matt> subscribers only.  Unfortunately, this is also a major inconvenience for
> >  Matt> those who use the list legitimately.
> > 
> > 	I would not go so far as to say that is the _only_ measure
> >  that works. I have had very few leaks, using a combination of
> >  mailagent, incorporating spamassassin and razor feedback, along with
> >  a home grown spammers lists. 
> I looked into spamassassin shortly after I sent that message, and I am
> pretty pleased with it (though it seems to regularly mis-flag messages on
> debian-bugs-dist due to #131317).

Create a whitelist rule to bypass this.

> But the messages still need to be filtered, and it can't be 100% (or even
> 99%) accurate, so that dropping messages on the server side is not an
> option, and the human subscribers would still have to sift through the
> messages.

I'd say a suitable bounce, indicating a potential spam, with an invalid
return address, might address many of the concerns here.  A very small
handful of newbies would be rejected, and they would be informed of
same, with possible steps to repair the issue.


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