maxstrengthmail confirmation [Re: [Bioperl-l] get cds from genbank record]

D. Joe Anderson deejoe at
Wed Mar 31 12:05:43 EST 2004

On Tue, Jan 20, 2004 at 11:25:34PM +0000, Heikki Lehvaslaiho wrote:
> Andreas, Pedro and others,
> Here is what Chris had to say:
> """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""
> """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""
> Please keep reporting these annoyances. If they get too common, we'll have to 
> unsubscribe any members who use such systems.

I just got a maxstrength challenge message.

If there is a ready way for list admins to find out which subscribed
addresses generate these challenges and then to unsubscribe those addresses,
as a matter of policy, I'd highly recommend that.

Challenge-response is an flawed approach. It often leads to the obnoxious
result of the challenge-response system dragging an innocent third party
into their clients' spam- and virus-related woes, which compounds the
problems triggered by spam and email-generating viruses.

IMO the use of such shoddy approaches shouldn't be tolerated in the commons:

 Challenge-Response Anti-Spam Systems Considered Harmful


> On Tuesday 20 Jan 2004 20:11, Andreas Bernauer wrote:
> > Hi Heikki!
> >
> > Heikki Lehvaslaiho wrote:
> > > The other problem you had:
> > >
> > > On Friday 16 Jan 2004 15:39, Pedro Antonio Reche wrote:
> > > > One more thing, following my first post I got an email from from
> > > > quarantine at on behalf of the bioperl mailing list
> > > > saying that my e-mail was in quarantine, and asking me press a link to
> > > > get the message deliver.
> > >
> > > I 've pointed to our server maintainer, Chris,  your problem, but I
> > > suspect those warnings about potential spam in your mails do not come
> > > from bioperl servers or the way they are set up.
> >
> > I've got a similar email as Pedro when I sent an email to the
> > Bioperl-List and was also directed to a website where I should confirm
> > that I want to set the email.  For me it looked it came from one of
> > the bioperl mailing list servers.

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