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 Spam2005-12-01 19:42
by Flemming Funch

I just glanced at the e-mail stats for my server. I personally got 94,917 e-mails during the month of November. That's over 3000 per day. 1018MB of "data" for the month.

It's mostly spam, of course. Judging by my spam folder, I get between 1 and 2 spam messages every minute. I'm glad I have a spam folder. And I'm glad I don't have a "You got mail!" message.

No wonder e-mail is getting to be more and more useless.

And sorry if I didn't answer your mail.

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1 Dec 2005 @ 20:17 by jstarrs : That reminds me...
..I tried using the portable Thunderbird on my USB key to get my email and it automatically collects mail on an address I've never even created : webmaster@(mysite).com.
This address had about 400 virus tainted emails, spam & junk.
How does that happen, I'm wondering?  

1 Dec 2005 @ 23:22 by ming : Spam
I've thought about that, but haven't made that jump. Mainly because as a webmaster, server administrator, mailing list maintainer, I get lots of stuff that isn't spam, and which isn't very useful either, but which I can't deal with that way because it isn't from a person. Maybe automatic messages from some program I've set up and forgotten, maybe returned mail from some mailing list. I need to think of a solution for that kind of thing. Well, really I probably need to do some kind of thorough inventory of what I'm really getting from where, and whether I actually want it. Yeah, I'd love the serenity of an empty mailbox. I'd sit and meditate in front of it for hours.  

1 Dec 2005 @ 23:24 by ming : mysite.com
Hm, I don't know, Jeff. It should really only be picking up mail from specific accounts you've entered the username/password for. Of course any address might get all sorts of strange mail with strange senders or recipients. But it should only be if the real recipient is an account that you have access to.  

2 Dec 2005 @ 00:23 by Ge Zi @ : spam from Flemming
This got your attention - didn't it?

But I just have to put this up a notch to get rid of the RSS spam of the Yamashita Treasure ;-))

I really like to be subscribed to the comment feed for ming.tv, but the heavy traffic on that one article is spoiling my experience. Especially when you are a bit quiet, Flemming, I only get those Yamashita Treasure comment notifications, and really - I'm not interested.

So, what we need is a button on an article saying "Not interested" and I don't see them any more. If you really need an extension to the RSS protocoll - so be it!  

2 Dec 2005 @ 00:36 by ming : Comment Spam
Ha, I hear you. Coming up soon. I think I'm also going to add a box in the right sidebar with "Articles recently commented on", which might make it more clear where the comments are, particularly when one article is getting most of them. I can't even find the comments I want to read in my own blow, with that amount of comments in just one article.  

2 Dec 2005 @ 16:26 by ming : RSS
I haven't seen any RSS feeds work like that, but there's nothing to hinder it. RSS itself is just a simple format of serving up a bunch of articles, or comments, or news items, or excerpts of them, and doesn't stipulate anything about how they're selected.

I think it should do it if I just make a way of adding some parameters for criteria to the URL of the RSS feed. Like, an exclude parameter, where one can list articles one doesn't want comments for.  

2 Dec 2005 @ 18:33 by Ge Zi @ : too smart
OOPS - too smart comment handler - I meant to say


not just [link].  

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