clsmith at DARWIN.BU.EDU
Sat Jul 26 11:59:39 EST 1997
Any suggestions about a word other than women? What is the latin
or Greek for women?...
From: BIOSCI Administrator <biosci-help at net.bio.net>
Reply-To: biosci-help at net.bio.net
Cc: biohelp at net.bio.net, biohelp at net.bio.net
I thought this might interest you and your newsgroup.
As part of an analysis of how best to configure our anti-spam efforts,
I did a rough analysis of the spam hitting our newsgroups. I took May
'97 data and looked at a sample of 5 newsgroups, large and small.
Newsgroup all_mail spam % spam
METHODS 901 29 3
BIOPHYSICS 155 28 18
PLANTS-EDUC 122 34 28
WOMENINBIO 117 41 35
ZEBRAFISH 61 30 49
Totals: 1356 162
Average number of groups a spam message sent to: 5.00
Broken down by:
-- 31 multi-occurrence sets account for 155 spam messages
-- 7 sets of 1 occurrence (all in WOMENINBIO)
To me the surprise was that the women-in-bio newsgroup is getting more
spam than other groups and spam targeted, presumably because 'women'
is in the newsgroup name, to women.
As you can see, roughly speaking, all groups are getting about the
same number of spam messages, but for groups with a large volume of
mail it gets lost in the noise, whereas the smaller groups are
overwhelmed with junk.
More information about the Womenbio