It strikes me that people are concentrating on number of spams that
get through the fllter as a metric to determine how good/bad being an
open list is. Do we have reliable numbers for non-member posts to the
list? From people who don't want to be on the list, but who need an
answer, and get one? If even one of these exist (and I'm sure they
do), then the handful of spams that come in are worth it. Just delete
the spam. Big deal. Completely eliminating spam is not a battle to be
fought on this list.
It also strikes me that it's very easy in most MUAs to set a header.
Can the vocal supporters of this X-Genuine-Nerd header please start
setting it, then? And filtering based on it? And, uh, we'll all start
filtering on it too. In the same way. Yes sir.
On 6/1/05, Gerard Keating <gerard.keating at fintrax.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, May 31, 2005 at 04:34:52PM +0100, Joe Fitzsimons wrote:
> > Yes, we could ignore them, but wouldn't it be better if we could
> address the
> > problem? Adding a header keeps the list open, however people can
> > have a closed list (if they so desire) by filtering all the non-member
>> > messages.
>> Personally I would be against this idea, since it would effectively
> create a two-tier list.
>> Those in the lower tier might feel that they can be ignored by the
> "Upper class" members and they might go else where.
>> As others have pointed out, the list maintainer is doing a very
> effective job of spam control. I am on some (ok, non-Linux list) which
> are closed and member only, and get more spam from them than from this
>>> This single thread has generated more emails than all the spam of the
> past year, and this is only one of the threads on the subject.
>> Just by three cents worth.
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