Re: [BioPython] Promotional Ads
James Freeman <jmfreeman <at> attbi.com>
2002-10-24 11:46:20 GMT
If they take the DAS route, members only, with non member mail being
cleared by a several volunteer spam filters (I am one of four volunteers
for DAS). The spam goes to nothing, I can't block a valid mail without
all the other mail admins knowing about it. A couple of minutes a day
is all that is needed. The DAS lists spam has dropped to nothing since
then, and I have sent through several pieces of relevant non-member
mail. So if they do that sign me up.
Bioinformatics Consultant At Biogen
Chris Dagdigian wrote:
> These complaints should have been sent to the OBF sysadmin team
> (root-l <at> bioperl.org) so we could have responded. I can't subsribe to
> every one of our 35+ lists you know :)
> I've set up more restrictive anti-spam rules within Mailman for both
> the bioperl and biojava mailing lists. The lists still allow outsiders
> to post but we hold-for-moderation all emails that are not
> mime-encoded as text/plain and any emails that include attachments.
> This works very well but places an administrative burden on our
> volunteer mailing list moderators.
> The BioMoby list has taken this even futher-- they have elected to
> close the list to outside posters -- all posts from non-members are
> held for moderation and the moby list members have stepped forward to
> handle the moderation tasks.
> We also subscribe on a server level to the http:///mail-abuse.org RBL+
> blackhole list which allows us to refuse inbound SMTP connections from
> IP addresses of known spammers or open relays. Sadly this filter has
> not worked since we changed IP addresses a few weeks ago. We have an
> open ticket in with mail-abuse.org to update their databse with our
> new IP.
> So- please discuss amongst yourselves what additional steps you'd like
> to take. I'd recommend trying to block all attachments and
> non-plaintext emails before taking the more drastic step of taking
> the list private. It would also help greatly if there were a member or
> two on this list who would volunteer to join our mailteam to help with
> the increased moderation duties.
> Regarding jitterbug -- you can elect to disable the email-based bug
> reporting or you can switch to Bugzilla as bioperl did. In fact I
> think Jeff has already set up bugzilla for biopython?
> Danny Yoo wrote:
>> On 22 Oct 2002, David A. Jewell wrote:
>>> Dr. Singh sentiments are my own and I would very much appreciate
>>> in securing the Bio-python server from what appears to be frequent
>> How about if the biopython lists are restricted so that only subscribers
>> can post? This is the approach that many other Mailman mailing lists
>> taken to prevent junk mail from flooding the list.
>> It's also extraordinarily disheartening when there's more spam than
>> bug reports in Jitterbug; I personally almost despise getting mail from
>> biopython-dev simply because it's spam for the most part!
>> The mailing lists on mail.python.org also have a spam filter that
>> seems to
>> be fairly effective. Someone may want to contact the mail.python.org
>> administrator and see if a similar system can be set up for
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