[cgl_discussion] non-list-member posts need approval

Patrick Mochel mochel at osdl.org
Mon Sep 23 09:39:24 PDT 2002

On Mon, 23 Sep 2002, Villalovos, John L wrote:

> Please keep it!!
> I am on quite a few mailing lists where spam seriously outnumbers the valid
> content.

Ah, but that's what spam filters are for. There are many freely available 
filters available that work very well. linux-kernel currently generates 
300-500 messages a day, and of those, < 1/day are spam. 

There are many other ways to spam people of this list, besides actually 
posting to it. Nothing stops a robot from subscribing then posting, since 
AFAIK, there is no approval for membership. 

Also, the list archives are publically available on the web, without 
mangling of email addresses at all: 


That is how I get most of my spam: robots scanning the archives and 
sending me mail. It far outnumbers the spam I get from any list (with one 


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