Re: Spam not on the list
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 18:31:45 -0500
Jason A. Cruse wrote, in part:
> I am on another list which has a problem of unwanted (and downright vulgar,
> at times) spam getting on the list. It has been said that part of the
> problem is that it has a newsgroup "attached" as part of the list. I
> thought at least Scouts-l did as well.
Not sure what you mean by "attaching" a newsgroup to a listserv, nor am
I aware that SCOUTS-L is associated in any way (other than subject
matter) with any newsgroup.
> Does anyone on these lists have the expertise to know how to stop the spam
> without forcing this other list to be a "members-only" list?
Well, it's really a matter for the list owner. If a list member abuses
the privilege of list membership, he/she can and should be removed.
However, if the signup process is fully automated, there's little to
prevent the "bootee" from signing up again, and even if the list owner
reviews a "black list" of offenders before permitting signups, a really
determined spammer can create and use a different e-mail address. In
short, there's no foolproof method to prevent spamming, and all measures
require more time and effort from the usually already overworked list
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City