What to do about the spam? (was: Fluorpro on Clontech.com)

Gregers gregers1 at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 24 05:50:29 EST 1999

Dear Paul,

Not only does spam mail appear in the newsgroup, but emails adresses are ripped form the answers/replies in the newsgroup and spam mail are sent directly to your own mailbox. 
I find this very annoying.
I'm not a computer specialist but it must be possible to solve the problem.

How does other GFPers feel about this?


--- Original Message ----- 
From: Paul Kitts <kitts at NCBI.NLM.NIH.GOV>
To: <fluorpro at net.bio.net>
Sent: Monday, November 22, 1999 10:56 PM
Subject: What to do about the spam? (was: Fluorpro on Clontech.com)

> Gregers,
> I believe that BIOSCI do filter the postings to all their newsgroups for spam 
> but no spam filters are 100% effective. I don't think that fluorpro gets any 
> more spam than the other BIOSCI newsgroups.
> Spam has the greatest impact on people who subscribe to the fluorpro list by 
> Email. It is preferable to read the newsgroup using a newsreader or on the web 
> as it is then relatively easy to recognize and skip bogus postings.
> BIOSCI does offer the option of making the newgroup moderated (The details are 
> off the BIOSCI home page somewhere). Although a moderator could eliminate all 
> the spam, I see several disadvantages to moderating the newsgroup:
> 1. Postings are delayed until the moderator has had time to review them.
>    (How fast can you expect the moderator to review postings? What happens when 
> the moderator is on vacation?)
> 2. If the newsgroup is moderated there will always be a suspicion that some 
> postings might be being censored. (This would be particularly true if the 
> moderator was from a compnay that marketed FP products).
> 3. Person(s) need to be found who would be willing to commit time to being a 
> moderator.
> The spam is annoying, but I think skipping over it when browsing the postings on 
> the web is preferable to compromising the rapid and free exchange of ideas we 
> have now.
> How do other people feel?
> -=paul=-
> > From: "Gregers Gram" <gregers.gram at inet.uni2.dk>
> > To: <kitts at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov>
> > Subject: Fluorpro on Clontech.com
> > Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 08:29:17 +0100
> > 
> > Hi Paul Kitts
> > The Flourpro newsgroup is filled always with spam mail. I have heard that 
> news-servers can't refuse incomming mails. 
> > Therefore why don't Clontech host the fluorpro newsgropus and keeping it clean 
> and relevant.
> > 
> > If you don't have connections to Clontech any longer, please forward the mail 
> to the right person.
> > 
> > Sincerely,
> > 
> > Gregers J. Gram

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