Was Calochortus Hybrids, now email filtering

Antennaria@aol.com Antennaria@aol.com
Tue, 09 Nov 2004 20:06:37 PST
In a message dated 11/9/04 10:42:09 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
pbs-request@lists.ibiblio.org writes:
From: Mary Sue Ittner <msittner@mcn.org>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Calochortus Hybrids
To: Pacific Bulb Society pbs@lists.ibiblio.org

I was amused to just see that Bob Werra's post was just rejected by a 
Queensland email program because it "was found to contain inappropriate 
content". This email program has also rejected a number of Jim McKenney's 
posts so apparently has a high standard for acceptable language


As one who works in an IT group supporting approx. 300 people, and the person 
who strategically develops the spam filtering "dictionaries" for our email 
system, I wouldn't read too much into the so-called "high standard for 
acceptable language".  Spammers use every trick in the book, so to combat their wily 
tricks, one gets aggressive in adding words and phrases that are *weighted* to 
fail the spam test.  Since, in most systems that employ spam filtering in a 
serious way, the email recipient can establish their own "accept list" or "white 
list" of acceptable domains or specific email addresses, and as well, there is 
a corporate "accept list" or "white list", there is considerable incentive to 
be aggressive with the email filtering.

A year ago, in our 300-person firm, we averaged 12,000 spam messages per day. 
 Today, only a year later, we average 116,000 spam messages a day.  Our users 
have the ability to review their spam, and accept any messages or domain 
names that were inappropriately quarantined.  So far as the "feel-good" anti-spam 
legislation that came out last year in the USA, it is of course, exactly 
that... "feel good" but utterly ineffective legislation.

Mark McDonough Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States 
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