Spam, missing messages and filters.

Christine Council
Thu, 02 Dec 2004 22:13:15 PST
Hello once again,
I have received a lot of virus email lately and I just deleted them.
If anybody wants to reach me I can be reached at Yahoo under the Oxalis
Group list.
Take care,

> [Original Message]
> From: Laura & Dave <>
> To: <>
> Date: 12/2/2004 9:17:08 PM
> Subject: [pbs] Spam, missing messages and filters.
> Chris Council and all
>      The recent email ragarding BX 87 from Chris brought up a real 
> problem facing group users.  I sent email to Chris about the typo in the 
> BX numbers, only to receive the return email below.  Earthlink allows 
> (requires?) the use of "White Lists" to block spam.  Senders' names must 
> be on the list before email will be actually delivered to Chris. 
> Obviously, Chris has added the PBS list to her list, or else she 
> wouldn't be getting PBS list postings.  I don't have Earthlink, so I 
> don't know if Chris is informed that there is suspect email, and can 
> request that it be forwarded.
>      The problem is that when individual members such as myself try to 
> respond "off list", we're blocked.  The result is either lost email or a 
> HUGE increase in PBS list messages that are really for one person only.
>      I know that spam is a big problem, and wish I had a complete 
> solution, but I don't; however, the use of a "White List" is only really 
> good for one-to-one correspondence, where all mail is from known sources.
>      What we do is use filters, which look for key words in the subject, 
> senders or bodies of messages, and automatically reject those we are 
> sure we don't want.  Some things get through, but we don't miss things 
> we want from new sources either (such as a new email address from an old 
> friend, people sending from a library or internet cafe computer, people 
> refered to you by mutual acquaintences ...).  Almost all mail programs 
> have filters, useful also for pre-sorting your mail into folders.  The 
> first filter (of about 20 that each piece of email is compared to) on 
> our computer is called "Killer of obvious Spam", and gets rid of a long 
> list of things that I can't list here, or people using filters that 
> search the actual messages won't get this email.
>      I hope this helps some people get desired messages, especially PBS 
> posts.
> Dave Brastow
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