Re: [IxDA] Re: [IxDA] IXDA notifictions - privacy issue

30 Apr 2010 - 9:00am
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On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM, natobasso wrote: > I posted to one of the "We are revamping our home page..." discussion posts > and started getting these Out of Office messages. I'm working with Matt to > try to solve too. Very annoying! I have a feeling there was some virus in > the code that was posted that is now scraping all user email addresses from > IXDA and sending everyone spam messages.

Please let's not engage in fear-mongering. Out of Office auto-replies are a normal part of email these days. Many companies set such replies for employees when they know the employee is on vacation, or people may set them manually. There's nothing sinister about that.

IxDA is a large list. Simple statistics will tell you that on any given day a small percentage of the list members will be on vacation, and some percentage of those will have OoO replies set.

The problem lies in how the list email is sent. Each email message appears to be sent "to me" which is to say it looks like a personal message, not a mailing list message. Thus, the rules that govern the OoO response cannot properly detect list email from personal mail, and so these filters auto-respond to the list. Most OoO software is built to avoid replying to lists for this very reason, but due to the broken email headers ( each message to the list is triggering those softwares to respond. Once the headers are fixed this problem will disappear.

Best regards, --Alan

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