On Mon, 26 May 97 12:01:30 +0100,
Chris Bidmead <bidmead(_at_)cbidmead(_dot_)demon(_dot_)co(_dot_)uk> wrote:
On Sun, 25 May 1997 you (era eriksson) wrote:
It didn't catch the Extractor Pro spam but that was the first one
to pass through in a couple of months.
Yes, but a spammer doesn't need Extractor Pro, and is a bit silly
to use it in these circs. The spammer just mails the list as an
individual, and the list does the spamming. Matter of fact, it
strikes me that most of the classic ways of fighting spam won't be
much good when the spam is coming to you by this route.
The thing I was saying about the spam that advertised Extractor Pro
was that it didn't have enough suspect keywords in the headers to set
off my filters. This is an oversight or an efficiency compromise with
my particular filters but in principle I wouldn't think it would be
too hard to construct a filter for some suitably chosen keywords.
FWIW, I subscribe to a spam forwarding list for the express purpose
of keeping my filters up to date. About five to ten percent of the
stuff posted to that list gets through, and I fish those out a couple
of times a week and usually manage to figure out a way to block them
in the future.
(Talk to majordomo(_at_)hiss(_dot_)han(_dot_)de about spam-list if you want to
What I do is I keep a "nobozo" list for people I know to be
subscribers, and treat the rest of the stuff to my spam filter just
like all the other mail.
Great. The problem is that the time you spend administering your
nobozo list will exceed the time it takes to say "Oh, spam", hit a
button and delete it manually (or send it to your SpamTrash
folders). Either that, or you don't spend time administering your
nobozo list, in which case you probably won't be reading this
present thought-provoking missive of mine. :-)
Actually, my spam filter misfired on this particular thought-provoking
missive (been fooling around too much with it lately, apparently :-)
but I don't throw away any spam -- I consider it my duty to complain
about each and every one I receive (and that way I don't have to worry
too much about the occasional mismatch).
Meanwhile, the mechanics of the nobozo list are to keep a log of
people who regularly post to the lists I'm active on. Not much in the
way of maintenance involved.
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