As you know, new members are automatically moderated when they join. Any
posts have to be approved by me or Luidmila before they are sent on to the
group. Most of the time, all I look for is that the post is vaguely Slavic
related (at least at first) and that the post isn't obviously Spam. It
really isn't a problem for me to quickly review a post and send it
on. This brings me to a slight change for the SIG list.
For about the past 2 months, we have been getting at _least_ one new
subscriber a day with an address such as "twkhreqzjywv," followed by a post
with a subject line such as "check this out!" and a URL, directing you to a
site which has usually been removed from the server already, likely because
it violated the server's rules about appropriate content.
Since I automatically delete these messages, you never even see them, or
are aware that they exist. This would normally be the end of the problem,
but once a person (or whatever) has subscribed to a group, they can see
people's email addresses in the posts they receive, and a quick scan of the
membership list shows me that these spam addresses are receiving individual
posts, not just joining, spamming, and then leaving the group.
In order to try to preserve member's privacy there will be a change to a
less "open" membership policy. From now on, all new members will have to
be approved before they are allowed to join SIG. I will only take a look
at their address and make sure that it isn't obviously a fake
address. Interested people will still be able to view our message archive,
but they will not be able to post until I get the chance to "check them out."
If anyone has comments on this new policy, let me know and I will see if
there is anything different that I can do to keep the spammers and trollers
away. I will also be going through the membership list and unsubscribing
the known spammers. If I accidentally delete real subscriber, just send me
a note and I'll add you back on (mistakes happen). Hopefully this will
alleviate the problem.