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Re: Who uses @packages.d.o mail?

On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 10:30:03PM +0100, Stephen Gran wrote:
> Hello all,
> So I've looked through a few weeks of mail logs to packages.debian.org,
> and it looks like it collects some useful mail from automated scripts
> on various debian.org machines (primarily ries), and about 1000 spams a
> day from elsewhere.  I haven't done an exhaustive survey, but it seems
> pretty clear so far that the domain does not get any significant amount
> of legitimate mail from machines other than the debian.org hosts.
> If this is actually the case, I'd like to close the domain down to only
> accept mail from other debian.org machines.  If it's not, I'd like to work
> with people who do use it to either make it possible to send their mail
> from debian.org machines or from a short whitelist of machines elsewhere.
> If this isn't possible, we'll of course continue to offer it as a public
> service if it's needed.  It's just that if it doesn't need to be a
> public facing mail domain, we all get a little less spam in our inbox,
> and the service becomes easier to administer.
> In the large scheme of things, of course, 1000 spams a day is pretty
> minimal.  The amount of processing power that goes into turning away
> the other 60000 mails/day and then resending the 1000 spams that do get
> through, though, does approach significance, and I'd like to make it
> simple to admin and more friendly to the final recipients.

How hard would it be to set up a self-service whitelisting interface? I've
used @packages.do.o addresses sporadically in the past to contact package
maintainers when I've been too lazy to look them up.



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