Re: List spam
- From: Ghodmode <ghodmode@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:09:56 +0800
On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 10:58 PM, Alain Ketterlin
Ghodmode <ghodmode@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
Make an effort to curb the spam even if it means killing the newsgroup
availability. Choose mailman or Google Groups, or another single
solution. Make it members only, but allow anyone to register with an
automated confirmation email and a CAPTCHA. Appoint a list admin who
has a few minutes each day to scan subjects of emails for spammers and
remove them from the members list.
Or save work and find a public nntp server (or setup one, or ask your
provider), and use a news reader to follow the list (even thunderbird
can do this). No spam, no need to store messages on your machine,
auto-purge after a configurable delay, etc.
Is that easier than just checking your email? I guess it's a matter
Newsgroups aren't inherently spam-free. They're filtered. At least
that's the case with Gmane (http://gmane.org/spam.php).
My own ISP doesn't provide a news server and, although there are many
links for free open news servers, most of them don't seem to work.
I did check, though. I found a free, open news server with
comp.lang.python after 6 that didn't work. Unfortunately, the one I
found is read-only. I'll have to do some more looking if I want to
participate in the newsgroup. I set it up in Thunderbird. I waited
for a few minutes while it loaded the available newsgroups, then
filtered the list for comp.lang.python and subscribed. I noticed
that, when clicking on a message, there is another delay while I wait
for the content of the message to load.
I was happy to see significantly less spam in the newsgroup than in
the mailing list, but there was still more than I see in other mailing
For me, this is much more difficult, although I'm sure that this is a
matter of perspective. Also, I have something that's tied to this
computer. I can't read it on my laptop, my mobile device, or at a
cyber-cafe. I have to sit in front of this computer if I want to read
the newsgroup and, until I find another news server that isn't
read-only, I can't even post messages.
For me, I'll stick with email.
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