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[Pan-users] Re: How to filter spam from Gmane?

From: beartooth
Subject: [Pan-users] Re: How to filter spam from Gmane?
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 15:32:14 -0500
User-agent: Pan/ (As She Crawled Across the Table)

Subtechnoid alert! Very Dumb Question coming ...

On Mon, 20 Feb 2006 03:39:03 -0700, Duncan wrote:

> Ahhh... I remember now...
> gsd is a "virtual" group, with the cross-posting faked to allow
> filtering on it for those who can,

 -- Ay, there's the rub : is we is, or is we ain't??

> but gmane doesn't actually make the group available, because the thought
> is that it would make it too easy for them to verify what's detected and
> how fast, as well as providing public proof in a very convenient
> location to whoever's paying them that they /are/ actually spamming
> lists.  If someone has to actually load the group and filter on that
> crosspost to see the spam, they are less likely to bother trying to
> verify thru gmane.

OK, I *think* I understand that part, or most of it.

> gmane did have it available for awhile, but removed it.

Errr...Duhhh.... So does that mean Pan users can, or can't?? How do we
filter on membership in a set that isn't really there? Or don't we??

I try to follow gmane's epiphany list, for instance -- and it gets the
bejeezes spammed out of it. I have to purge it every couple of days just
to be able to get to the real posts in finite time when I need to.
Fortunately, for the nonce, most of the spam is in Cyrillic or other
non-Roman character sets, so that the purging goes fairly fast. But one of
these bad days, the spammers who use English are going to find that
particular barn door, and then hold 'er, Nelly! 

Beartooth Staffwright, Neo-Redneck Linux Convert
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Remember I have little idea what I am talking about.

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