Spam Protection

I was disgruntled with the amount of spam I was getting, so I started
setting up accounts for the various mailing lists I listen to. I use
[email protected] to read the mail here. Along with the rspec
news that comes over this channel, I’m getting more and more spam
addressed to this same account, which means that the open way this
list passes around email addresses is being read or fed to spammers.

I suggest we rethink our mailing lists so that we’re not also
subjecting RSpec enthusiasts with tips on various medical
enhancements and financial products. Maybe we should use a Google
group instead, where they don’t broadcast email addresses in open
formats with their services. Maybe someone else has a better idea
about this.

David

I made this address for mailing lists only, but as it is I only have
14 spam messages at the moment…

Nathan S.
[email protected]
rspec 1.1
rspec_on_rails 1.1
rails 2.0.2

From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Nathan S.
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2008 10:22 AM
To: rspec-users
Subject: Re: [rspec-users] Spam Protection

I made this address for mailing lists only, but as it is I only have
14 spam messages at the moment…

What’s weird is that I’ve been using the same email address since 1996,
I’ve
turned off spam filtering by my ISP, and yet I get very, very little
spam
these days (maybe 1-2/day). Wonder if it’s being filtered upstream?

///ark

Maybe someone else has a better idea about this.

Use gmail. I get spam, but I never see it.

see http://www.bofh.org.uk/articles/2007/09/26/slide-of-the-conference

Pat

On 19/01/2008, at 05:27 , Mark W. wrote:

What’s weird is that I’ve been using the same email address since
1996, I’ve
turned off spam filtering by my ISP, and yet I get very, very
little spam
these days (maybe 1-2/day).

I’ve been using the same address since 1994, and every time I get
spam I complain to the appropriate [email protected] and [email protected] addresses.
I’m not as fortunate as you, today for example I have about 12 spam
messages amongst a veritable ocean of articles from mailing lists -
the signal to noise ratio is about 20:1

If people are setting up accounts specifically for mailing lists, it
might be worth adding a filter to immediately trash messages that
don’t look like they came from the list. For example, if you have a
specific “rspec-users” mail account, filter all messages to the trash
if they don’t contain “[rspec-users]” in the subject, or “rspec-
[email protected]” in “TO:”.

In an ideal world there would be no spam, but that’s not going to
happen until we rid the world of greedy or impure people. I expect
that to be at about the same time that Skynet takes over and flying
pigs start snowball fights with the legions of hell.

Alex

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