Anti-Spam Idea

Jeffrey Kay
Fri, 5 Apr 2002 10:16:44 -0500

I don't disagree, but I'm making another point about the FoRK e-mail list.  We've been
getting spam on FoRK for some time now and it appears to be getting worse. One way of
handling that would be to use a whitelist scheme.  Nothing has been implemented to prevent
spam on the list because we want to allow anyone to post without registering first.  An
easy way of handling that problem is to have them post with a special token in their
subject line, which would add them to a whitelist, allowing future posts.  We could make
it pretty easy and convenient for someone to do that and still preserve the ability for
unregistered folks to post to the list.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On Behalf Of Eugen
> Leitl
> Sent: Friday, April 05, 2002 7:38 AM
> To: Jeffrey Kay
> Cc: FoRK
> Subject: Re: Anti-Spam Idea
> On Fri, 5 Apr 2002, Jeffrey Kay wrote:
> > I think this solution would satisfy the criterion of stopping spam
> > while allowing anyone who wants to post without subscribing.
> I recommend installing SpamAssassin just before MUA, and sort the
> ****SPAM**** flagged emails into a special folder, which you look once
> through day. Before long, that is a must for any nonsacrifical email
> account, anyway.