As someone who runs mail lists for a living, Earl, I have to say this
is like somene saying that just because you smell gas doesn't mean we
need to call the repairman yet. We'll wait until the house blows up and
then have them fix the leak.
Although I would not use the same analogy, the general idea is still there.
On FLORA we always set up two lists <listname> and <listname>-nomail
The -nomail is not a mailing list, but a list of Email addresses that
want to be able to contribute automatically, but do not want to receive
Email. One would put their various Aliases into that list, and put their
primary email address into the <listname> list.
On Listserv the equivalent would be to subscribe and set the 'nomail'
option for aliases when subscribing to a membership-required list.
Note 1: For Majordomo, people who's email address doesn't appear in
eithor list would then have that message sent to the moderator. The
moderator could then Turf the SPAM, and approve the other messages.
Note 2: To me, checking the From: line for a valid list member is just the
basic level required for mailing lists. We are entering into Stage1 of
the Anti-SPAM stuff. Eventually we will need to check PGP signatures or
other authentication as the Spammers get hip and start putting forged
From: lines in their messages.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.org/russell/work/>
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Light Rail Forum http://www.rail.flora.org/ February 26, 1998