[Bioperl-l] recent spams to bioperl-l
ee at uncanny.net
Thu Jan 22 13:31:16 EST 2004
Here is my two cents.
Make the list closed for posting.
Make the list archive open to anyone.
I run several Mailman based groups myself and I know that Spam has me
at wits end. Right now I never look at the non-member postings. I
changed Mailman to default the form to Discard for non-member posting
and never look at them. I just discard all of those and then see what is
If you leave the archive open google will still index the list and
people can learn without signing up.
* Chris Dagdigian <dag at sonsorol.org> wrote on [2004-01-22 05:43]:
> 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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Confound him, too, who in this place set up a sundial,
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