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Re: After discussing on LCDs in Debian-laptop, did you get spammed by Sharp Systems as well?

On Wed, 14 Aug 2002, Erich Schubert wrote:

>> I have to say, I am terribly surprise gnu.org and debian.org archive our
>> mail without obfuscation :(
>Obfuscation doesn't help, even if you use some rotating obfuscation.
>Most, if not all of these, can easily be broken by Perl Regexps.

Yes, but I don't think that many spammers care to do that. If there are
enough sites using different kind of obfuscations, no spammer can write
regexps for all. I doubt anybody will spam specifically only a Debian
mailing list.

>But obfuscation is very annoying to regular users... they won't add
>these regexps to their mail clients so they can hit "reply", instead
>they'll have to fix you address on each reply. Annyoing.

We talked about archiving--which might not support direct reply at all
or if it would, a web-based archive wouldn't need to reveal the actual
addresses nevertheless.

>Therefore obfuscation is not a solution (neither is it for security ;)

Not a good one, but...

>Better solutions include filters like spamassassin and razor, as well as

Spamassassin does make errors. For me it often classifies no-spam as spam
and vice versa. I don't know about other filter's but they hardly are an

And even if spamassassin wouldn't make errors, it's still less good than no
spam: on a local newsgroup it was discussed that on big mail servers
spamassassin would require significantly more computing power.

>using troll-boxes... (setup mail boxes like aaaa-i-get-it-first@domain

Well, this might be a clever solution.

Also remember that Debian mailing lists do actually accept spam:
they just want $1000 from that. So maybe someone should sent a bill to
Sharp Systems? http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/#ads

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