2058Spam Rejecting Programs
- Oct 3, 2003Hi Everyone:
The undernoted message has just been received from Gordon A. Watts via
the Canada Census mailing list.
Once again it appears necessary to remind listers that use of many spam
rejecting programs cause nothing but problems for
those subscribed to mail lists, and to those that administer those
lists. Of particular nuisance value are programs such
as Spam Sleuth that send a message to 'new' addresses asking for a
response before it will allow your messages to be passed
on. Mail lists have no mechanism to allow such messages to be responded
to and so they are simply forwarded to the list
administrators. Such messages that I receive will be ignored and the
lister using such programs will be unsubbed.
I am about to unsub one lister who has been using Spam Sleuth because of
multiple bounces from the CCC list.
If you use an anti-spam program I suggest you use one that does not
actually reject spam, but simply automatically routes
it into a specific folder, making it easy to scan and ensure that it has
not inadvertantly routed a valid message into the
folder, and then it can be deleted en masse.
One such program that I use is SpamPal. It takes care of a great number
of the spam messages that I currently receive (up
to 200 per day). It has a black list that I can add offending addresses
that have snuck through, and a white list to which
I can add addresses from which I receive valid messages.
SpamPal is a free program and can be downloaded from
Most spam programs such as SpamPal utilize white lists to which specific
addresses might be added. All addresses on the
white lists are allowed to pass. They will normally allow the use of
'wild card' symbols. To ensure the passage of all
Rootsweb mail lists add the following to the white list.