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Re: @debian.org email forwarding and SPF

On Sat, 22 May 2004 00:13, Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> wrote:
> On Fri, May 21, 2004 at 01:44:49AM +1000, Russell Coker wrote:
> > On Fri, 21 May 2004 01:23, Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> wrote:
> > > > This is partially correct, but not entirely.  If you receive a mail
> > > > from a non-existent domain, you can very safely ignore the mail
> > > > altogether. So the first evasion scheme is not of any use.
> > >
> > > Tell that to the spammers. They certainly seem to think it's useful;
> > > they've been doing it for years.
> >
> > As the number of mail servers that reject such mail increases spammers
> > will stop doing it.
> You're forgetting rule 1: spammers are stupid.

Even better!  If spammers are so stupid then if we make debian.org use SPF 
then we can significantly reduce the number of spams that end up annoying 
Debian developers.

> domain. The fact that the majority of users fall into this category is
> why SPF is a good idea - but it won't help stop spam, because the
> majority of *domains* do not.

Nothing will entirely stop spam.  SPF is one of many measures to decrease the 
amount of spam and make spamming more difficult (and less cost-effective for 
the spammer).

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