Re: Change of name of mailing list

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sat Oct 23 2004 - 11:09:43 CDT

On Oct 23, 2004, at 3:03 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> I'd like to change the name of the mailing list, since I'm getting
> increasing amount of spam sent to the mailing list address

Changing the name will have only a (very) short term effect on the spam
volume. I'm sure that for a couple weeks, email harvesters wouldn't
have picked up a new name. But after that they would, and you'd be
back to the same situation you're concerned about.

In the meanwhile, a change in name would cause disruption and annoyance
among legitimate members. Not all 100 members will change the address
immediately in all their address books (including the ones mailers
create automatically, i.e. auto-fill prior sent addresses). Some
people use multiple computers and mailing systems even. And some
legitimate members will get confusing bounce messages as a result,
perhaps think the list simply died, and so on. Other members who
whitelist or filter based on the existing list address will have
problems too; including some who start falsely flagging VP messages as
spam because of such a change.

A better approach is to apply a spam filter to the received messages
and/or to send an automated rather than manual bounce message. For
example, if Arthur were to generate an auto-bounce message saying
"Messages must be sent from registered subscriber addresses", that
would be plenty of a reminder for me on those unfortunate occasions
where I accidentally send from my non-list addresses. But 99% of
spammers use fake return addresses, and the auto-bounce would just
disappear in the vapor. And even that remaining 1% of illegitimate
senders would not be subscribers (though maybe a few would legitimately
wish to be, and the message would let them know the requirement).
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