The spam problem has been getting (much) worse on this list of late.
Today, of the first 30 message threads, 24 were spam. And that's after
my regular spam filter has run (it's not as good at identifying spam
that comes from a mail server).
I know we've talked about this many times before and I know the intent
is that newbies don't have to register before posting to the list but
the problem is that the openness is making it harder to see the
genuine questions. The chances of me noticing, far less opening, a
message with a subject like "Can you help?" is fast approaching zero.
It seems ironic that a group of technologists can't control the level
of noise in their communication because of a desire to avoid technical
complexity. The groups I'm part of running on yahoo or google list
servers in contrast are virtually spam free.
I realise that changing the way the mailing list operates is a
BigThing which needs an AGM or somesuch to make the change. All I
wanted to do here was pass on my view that the position w.r.t.
unauthorised posting was reducing the value of the list significantly.
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