[TAG] Closed account question
Benjamin A. Okopnik
ben at linuxgazette.net
Sun Apr 16 16:19:10 MSD 2006
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Hi, RJ -
On Sat, Apr 15, 2006 at 10:28:03AM -0700, RJ Burke wrote:
> I've been unable to solve the problem of separating TAG replies from the
> waves of spam that we battle every day. Since the TAG replies come from
> previously unknown addresses, we can't "white list" them. Since they're
> unknown senders, they're automatically blacklisted and bounced.
> If you have a way to "tag" the senders email address with any
> distinctive mark (even something like "[TAG] sender at anywhere.net"), then
> we could grab them from the incoming stream using a simple regular
> expression filter.
If you examine the headers from any TAG email, you'll see that there are
a number of unique headers. As an example, it would be easy to filter on
List-Id: The Answer Gang <tag.lists.linuxgazette.net>
As to spam, you may or may not have noticed, but the incidence of it has
gone down (my estimate) by ~99% since Rick Moen took over administering
the list. It's been more than a year, and I don't think I've seen a
dozen spams get through during that time.
> I've raised this question before, but nothing was done. Until then, I
> don't know how to avoid having TAG replies from unknown members bounced
> back. Perhaps a login readers' forum is a better format?
You're trying to solve the wrong problem. If we wanted querents to
become list members, we wouldn't need a forum - we'd just make joining
TAG a requirement. The model that we use does not require that, by
explicit decision. The concerns you've stated above can be handled as
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