SPAM Problem

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at
Tue Apr 18 12:09:52 PDT 2006

Andrew Benton wrote:
> Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> We have a problem with SPAM on the BLFS lists.  I am proposing that we
>> 'close' the lists to non-subscribed members.  The main issue is that
>> list members who post from multiple email accounts will have to
>> subscribe for each account.
>> Non-member email would go to /dev/null
>> Before I do this, I am soliciting comments to see if there is anything
>> I'm overlooking or any reason not to restrict the BLFS lists.
>> Comments?
> Please don't do this. It creates a hostile, insular impression if a
> mailing list is closed to people who aren't subscribed.
> There has to be a better way. I hardly notice the spam on the lists
> because Thunderbird is very effective at filtering it out. It does make
> mistakes occasionally but I can't remember the last time it did. Isn't
> there some sort of bayesian filter that can be used to filter the lists?

  One problem is that the SPAM is propagated to the archives.  Right now
I'm moderating and will approve legitimate posts.  I already get some
SPAM that way.  We'll see how much more is caught this way.

  -- Bruce

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