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Date:         Thu, 25 Jan 2001 09:09:05 -0500
Reply-To:     Jennifer Haussler <jhaussler@VDH.STATE.VA.US>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Jennifer Haussler <jhaussler@VDH.STATE.VA.US>
Subject:      Re: Virus
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I am also concerned with the amount of advertisements I have received through this listserv. Recent offers have included not only the grow your own tobacco, but the services of man who believes that he can communicate with Christ telepatically [sic] and a viagra for women. These are not the kinds of things that are relevant to data analysis or that are supposed to be coming through a state server!! (And I'm sure I'm not the only one whose mail is scruntinized.) I belong to close to 10 other listservs and although I sometimes see job advertisements, I have never seen this level of junk mail. Am I just being naive or does the junk mail seem excessive to others? And more importantly, is there anything that can be done to eliminate at least some of the junk?

Muir Houston wrote:

>>>> Josh Wenk <> 01/24/01 04:57pm >>> >>> > you only replied to me. I say, because this is a good point > > -----Original Message----- > From: Muir Houston [] > Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2001 11:37 AM > To: jwenk@ELEMENTUSA.COM > Subject: Re: Virus > > > I think however that another important point has been made - do any of you > remember getting an offer through the list concerning grow your own tobacco? > or other advertising mail? > so perhaps moderation of the list needs to be looked at > only a suggestion > any thoughts? > plus most lists ( the ones i have been involved with anyway) discourage the > use of attachments as unnecessary and a waste of money when paying for your > own downloads and just because virii exist, does not mean we have to have > them sent 3 or 4 times - yes i have a personal firewall, and a virus scanner > upadated at least monthly so i am not concerned for myself but i think the > fact that the virus caused so many mailings is cause for ocncern > cheers > muir > >>>> Josh Wenk <jwenk@ELEMENTUSA.COM> 01/24/01 04:04pm >>> >>> > I agree. > > welcome to the internet. that's why virus scanners exist > > -----Original Message----- > From: Herbert Root [mailto:hdr@MONUMENTAL.COM] > Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2001 11:07 AM > To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Subject: Re: Virus > > > On Wed, 24 Jan 2001 07:45:08 -0800, Ron Smith wrote: > >> As useful as this list has been to me, I suggest that the list > > administrators > >> either institute procedures to keep this from happening, move the list to >> a server that can do such, or shut down the list. > > > I respectfully disagree with this suggestion. Virii are a fact of > internet life. If you take appropriate practical and computerized > precautions, your risk can be minimized substantially--to near zero. > Those who are unwilling or unable to take these precautions should > consider whether or not they should use the internet as a > communications medium. > > Some lists strip attachments. I, for one, think such actions detract > from the lists. Shutting down the list is extreme. Even virii don't do > that! > > > -- > Herbert Root, Supervisor > Office of Research > Loudoun County Public Schools > Leesburg, Virginia, USA > > > > Legal disclaimer > -------------------------- > > The information transmitted is the property of the University of Paisley and > is intended only for the person or entity > to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged > material. Statements and opinions expressed in this > e-mail may not represent those of the company. Any review, retransmission, > dissemination and other use of, or taking > of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities > other than the intended recipient is prohibited. > If you received this in error, please contact the sender immediately and > delete the material from any computer. > > --------------------------


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