Fighting spam

Subject: Fighting spam
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Mon, 7 Oct 1996 12:00:46 -0500

Before we all try to nail the bloke who sent along the
latest "get rich quick" spam, a reminder: Let's say, for
the sake of argument, you set up RoboMailer (Avenging Arm
of the Anti-spam Forces) to deluge the spammer with nasty
e-mail. As his server crashes and burns, you rub your hands
together with glee and go on about your business. Of
course, there are the hundreds or thousands of innocents
who also use the same server and who lose their connections
in the meantime.

The most effective remedy against spam is twofold: ignore
the spammer, and contact the server's owner to complain
(politely and briefly... don't quote the whole message).
(Most servers have an account something like
"postmaster -at- servername" or "info -at- servername" where you can
complain and actually get something effective done. Any
more knowledgable listmembers who can provide details on
finding out the name of this account?)

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.


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