Proposal to phase out * email addresses

James Hawkins truiken at
Thu Jul 12 16:47:57 CDT 2007

On 7/12/07, Duane Clark <fpga at> wrote:
> Due to the rather large amount of spam sent to the * email
> addresses (as opposed to *, I would like to phase them out. I
> will state up front that this proposal benefits only me or any future
> moderator. Since I have been doing that for about 6 years now, hopefully
> I'll get a bit of sympathy ;)
> A cursory inspection of postings to this list show that almost everyone
> already posts to * I would propose that for a few weeks, I'll
> simply keep track of where people are posting to, and send private
> emails to the very few who post to .com. Once everyone is posting to the
> .org address, I'll implement a filter in mailman that simply drops the
> others. I have already done this as a test on the announce, bugs, and
> cvs lists, and this eliminates about half of the spam.
> And while I am at it, anyone who wants to help with the moderation and
> is willing to stick with it for the long term, let me know.

How about an automated response email for users that post to telling them to report to instead?  I'm assuming
spam bots aren't smart enough to read that reply and post to themselves.

James Hawkins

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