[ADMIN] another spam reduction idea

From: Joseph S Barrera III (joe@barrera.org)
Date: Sun Apr 29 2001 - 09:20:52 PDT

I was talking with Kragen on the phone yesterday about restricting
posts to FoRK to subscribed members, and he objected, saying that it
is good to allow outside members cc'd on threads to be able to comment
on the threads. One compromise solution we talked about was having
posts from non-members go to a moderator for approval. Of course, that
moderator would be receiving mostly spam, AND if the moderator were
off doing something, the messages would wait before showing up in the

I thought then of another idea, namely, posts from non-members with
the same subject line (or some permutation, e.g. a Re: or Fw: stuck
onto it, or whitespace) would go through automatically. That should
cover almost all the cases of non-members posting, and spam engines
are unlikely to generate subject lines that will match existing
threads (unless this spam avoidance technique becomes commonplace).

"What do you think, sirs?" [ in Joel's voice, see mst3k ]

- Joe

Joseph S. Barrera III
Software Architect, Kana Communications, Inc.
1.650.219-4557 (cell) / 1.650.588-4801 (home)
joe@barrera.org / napier@waste.org / joebar@broadbase.com
www.barrera.org / www.waste.org / www.kana.com

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