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Re: More spam than developer mail

On Thu, Dec 26, 2002 at 08:37:26PM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> Miquel van Smoorenburg:
> > If anyone has a 100% solution to block spam I'd sure like to know
> > what it is since I could get rich with it ;)
> When Bruce Perens was the Project Leader, there was no spam at all.
> People had to register their email address before postings were
> accepted. I believe we (by popular demand) will end up doing something
> similar some day, when the ratio of spam/non-spam becomes something
> like 50/50. It's a pity that we have to receive so much spam until
> then, by considering 10/90 still "acceptable".

I'm more against spam than the average bear but I still think that
registering your e-mail address before posting is not the right
solution. This discussion has been had before and the consensus (if
Debian ever comes to a consensus) seemed to be that it would be bad to
implement such a techniques as users would be far more relunctant to
> BTW: The people who make razor actually try to make money from it, but
> they are kind enough to allow us to query their database by using
> simple perl programs they also wrote.

The only problem with Razor is that it depends on a non-free server.
While the client software is free for anyone to use, Vipul could
simply stop running the servers, and we'd all find Razor quite
useless. (Not to mention that Razor is already horribly messed up when
it can't find its server.)

Duncan Findlay

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