Obfuscation vs Filtering (was The Winge List)

9 Jan 2006 - 7:26pm
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Chris McLay

I'm surprised to find so much effort to avoid getting spammed on this
list, especially at the cost of content and usability.

I've had the same email address for 6 years, use it all over the net
and refuse to obfuscate it in any way. As a result I get 120-250 junk
mails every day. But 98% of this is caught by my mail filter, and the
cost is only 5 mins every day to junk the ones it misses and quickly
scan the junked mails for false positives (which are very very rare).

I agree that something needs to be done to prevent this sort of email
in the first place, but the cost of obfuscation seems very high to me
compared to the cost of managing the flow of junk mail.

Do people on this list really find that junk mail is such hard work
to manage that they are prepared to make it harder for people to
contact them?


On 10/01/2006, at 2:01 AM, CD Evans wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
> This is rediculous. Look at this, we've been reduced to trying to
> hide our addresses, and speaking in numerical code. Talk about
> hiding from the enemy.
> I really think we're better off spending our time and efforts
> toward preventing spam, than trying to defend against it. This has
> to be one of the biggest complaints, who's going to stop spam,
> when, how, and when?
> What do we want, NO SPAM! When do we want it... NOW!

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