Re: More on spam
On Sun, Oct 19, 2003 at 10:20:33AM -0400, David Crane wrote:
> For the sake of the list, please change the policy of posting
> e-mail addresses on the web and in news groups.
For the sake of the open community, for accountability and the benefit
of the Debian community please _do not_ change the policy. David, I
enjoy you posts as I enjoy everyone's posts on this list but as a fellow
contributor I want the ability to contact you and I want you to have the
ability to contact me. Maybe you don't see or understand the point but
for me it's a matter of community. When I ask or even search the
archives I'm admitting I'm vulnerable, and I really would prefer to not
take help from email@example.com, thank you.
> We do use mailfilter and spamassassin. But we are losing mail. We
> have a 56K modem and a ISP with POP mail, and they limit us to a
> couple of megabytes. Not everyone can afford DSL, and we don't want
> to keep the computer on all the time. We definitely won't want to
> automatically dialup ever few hours to clean out the damn Swen
Did you file a complaint with your ISP? Did you investigate alternative
providers? Did you write to the BBB or your senator/congressperson (or
any elected officials that are part of your government)? If
your technical solutions are not working to your needs why did you not
attempt to use the protections/feedback methods provide by your society?
> My Swen volume had dropped to a manageable one per day since my last
> post here around six weeks ago. I posted last night (helping
> someone fight Swen), and this morning, there were 20+ Swens, over 3
> Megabytes. I was *that* close to losing e-mail. Never again.
Think and act my friend! Unlike the virus you can pick up the phone and
get try to find a sympathetic person inside the ISP. Ask them to set up
some filters for you. One simple one would be to reject all emails
larger than ~40KB. Setup a separate, private, email address for your
friends and family who want to send you large attachments. There are a
million other technical stopgap solutions that can be implemented - few
of which would be so sad as obfuscating the address of posters.
> I am not being allowed to post again to this list from this account
> (I'm sneaking in this one last post, figuring 12 hours won't matter
> much). A sad goodbye -- my next post will come from a hotmail
I'm Bill Gates and Steve B. will be using you as a statistic before
long: Linux users use Hotmail! Study shows....