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October 14, 2003

Possible Spam Solutions

Herders - since we're having trouble with spam, I'm posting a few options to consider for blocking it. I haven't had a chance to really look through the options (I will once I return from Toronto next week), but best to inform yourself as well - and offer opinions or desires.

MT-Blacklist was just released and I'll be curious to see how it works.

The other option is James Seng's solution, which operates something like ticketmaster (details on his website; try posting a comment there). The problem with this otherwise elegant solution is that people with screenreaders will have difficulty leaving comments.

Also, if there are other plug-ins you are interested in, please let me know.


Posted by Jason at October 14, 2003 10:47 AM

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Another option is to prevent comments from appearing until you approve them:

Of course, one could do this in addition to the MT-Blacklist plugin.

Posted by: George at October 16, 2003 10:10 AM

The two proposal being floated for solving the spam problem:

Computational mail server connection delays

Neither of these solutions will work, because they assume that spammers get online through an ISP, instead of their own servers. Getting online through an ISP isn't how spam is broadcast. If it were, the email headers would have to be legit. They are not. Instead, they change constantly. To do that, you would have to have some program running on the email server.

Worse, these solutions will be applied to everyone. Each of us would have to pay postage. Each of us would have to deal with email programs that eat up computer cycles.

The former would benefit the goverment, a goverment needing more taxes without taxation.

The latter would benefit hardware companies, who cannot sell us upgrades, because software is no longer pushing up the need for speed or memory. We would all need at least one upgrade to get past the loss caused by the email application. And, the email applicaiton is supposed to eat up more processor cycles as the processors get faster.

Don't let this happen.

I'm happier now that I consider ALL email to be spam and go through it by hand picking out the important stuff. Sure it wastes a lot of time. But, I had to do that with those Bayesian filters.

Somehow, the spammers can disable rules in Outlook. Does anyone know how to keep that from happening?

Posted by: David Locke at May 30, 2004 3:38 AM

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