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Re: Spam on the lists [Was: Re: Account Upgrade (Unex)]

On Sat, Aug 1, 2009 at 01:39, brian m.
carlson<sandals@crustytoothpaste.ath.cx> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 01, 2009 at 02:24:28AM +0300, Eugene Gorodinsky wrote:
>> Is there any way to actually make it harder to spam the list? I just
>> subscribed and already see spam and phishing attacks...
> Yes.  There are infinitely many ways to make it harder to spam the list,
> among them:
> * Allowing posting only by subscribers.
> * Requiring a signed agreement and a surety bond before allowing posting
>  to the list.
> * Only allowing people to post to the list if they have an armed guard
>  standing beside them who shoots spammers on sight.
> * Not allowing posting to the list.

I here we miss the important one (the only method we have available):

* report a message as spam, so that we can let us filters learn from
it and subsequently remove the spam message from the archive.

on the web interface of a mailing list, available at
http://lists.debian.org/<list>/ , you can search for the message and
"report as spam" it, clicking on the button on upper right.

This can be done by *anyone*, DDs and non, and all are encouraged to
do so. It's fundamental to have reports: without them we have a false
sense of spam-free mailing lists, when we all know it's not true.

In addition, DDs can *review* all the spam reports (to filter out
false-positive from real spam messages) so that list masters can
remove them from the archive. Please, every DD, dedicate 10 minutes
(hopefully more that just once ;) ) of your time to do that: it's
boring ok, but will result in a clean archive.

More information can be found here:


Thanks for your collaboration,
Sandro Tosi (aka morph, morpheus, matrixhasu)
My website: http://matrixhasu.altervista.org/
Me at Debian: http://wiki.debian.org/SandroTosi

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