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Re: OT - Frequency of unsolicited emails

On 12 September 2011 05:19, Doug <dmcgarrett@optonline.net> wrote:
On 09/11/2011 11:23 AM, Camaleón wrote:
On Sun, 11 Sep 2011 07:58:30 -0700, MR ZenWiz wrote:

I've noticed since joining this list a number of weeks back that it is
the only technical/OS discussion list to which I subscribe that
frequently, as in one or more daily, ends up with emails in my spam
Yup, the more mailing lists you subscribe, the more chances to get your
inbox full of spam :-)

Are we somehow more susceptible or less secure from spam than other
lists, like Ubuntu users, CentOS users, GNOME users, etc. and if so,
can't something be done about it?
I'd say we are the same as in any other open mailing list. Or even we are
less susceptible because Debian mailing lists lack for an archive (plain
text based mbox file).

It's a minor annoyance, but really, on an OS discussion list?

Just saying....
I use a dedicated e-mail for posting in mailing lists so I keep my main
inbox off of spam messages. True is that Gmail handles this reasonably


I agree with the OP.  I subscribe to at least 5 lists, and the Debian list
is the only one that consistently has all kinds of spam, not only in English,
but in various foreign languages, some of them in strange scripts!  Many of
these appear to come from some travel agency, altho I have to guess, not being
fluent in Hungarian, etc.  But I think the situation has improved somewhat over
the past 6 months or so.

And I'm afraid I agree with Cam.
This list is administered efficiently and *some* spam gets through occasionally.
Considering the volume of the list, it amazes me how little gets through.
Something to consider - about half the OS distros out there are based on Debian and half their list members are on the Debian list also. It's a BIG list.

1 or 2 spam messages a day on Debian-User is something it would take a miracle to rectify and, as has been noted, only a minor annoyance. Very minor.
Configure your own spam filters as well, and the occurrence is less than trivial.


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