[Bioperl-l] recent spams to bioperl-l

Chris Dagdigian dag at sonsorol.org
Thu Jan 22 08:37:44 EST 2004

Hi folks,

Just wanted to apologize for the rise in spam going to bioperl-l. Our 
anti-spam filtering tools on the open-bio.org mailserver generally do a 
great job weeding out the dozens of messages per day sent to bioperl-l 
that are obvious spam, but recently there has been a huge rise in 
plaintext ASCII spam or the hash-busting spam that is nothing but nonsense.

Spamassassin+MimeDefang and our Mailman spam filters can't easily 
discern the plaintext spam from regular email messages sent to the list.

bioperl-l allows non-members to post to the list; this was the consensus 
behavior that bioperl members wanted the last time we took a poll.

Let me know if opinions have changed. If we make the list members-only 
for posting we can significantly cut down on spam. The downside to this 
is that we (a) make more work for the list moderators and (b) we become 
'less open'.


Chris Dagdigian, <dag at sonsorol.org>
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