touch at ISI.EDU
Fri Aug 8 09:12:04 PDT 2003
Ross Finlayson wrote:
> Folks, how much longer are we going to have to put up with all of the
> spam on this mailing list? Could the organizers please reconfigure the
> list so that only subscribers can post to it? (Most IETF mailing lists
> now do this.)
There have been 39 posts this month. There have been 7 spams, 9 if you
include this query and its reply. ;-) FYI, our list has statistically
been running around 10% spam measured per-month during 2003.
We do run 'state of the art' spam filters on this list. The issue of why
the list is not subscriber-only has been addressed before, and I will
post a FAQ to our web pages later today.
To briefly summarize:
- it complicates posting for members with multiple accounts
we choose to run this list in ways that encourage open
discussion and remove hurdles to posting real content
- no method of spam filtering is perfect
We do periodically revisit the list policies and list management. Most
recently CFPs were restricted to one 'for papers' and one 'for
participation' per meeting (including side-meetings). (which, BTW,
reduced the 'spam' - clutter not part of this list's charter, to support
discussions on E2E issues - substantially).
Although we consider input from the list on such issues, no
configuration is universally agreed, and the configuration of this list
is neither accidental nor arbitrary.
Postel Center Director
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