Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 15:24:53 -0600
Reply-To: Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@HCCOMPARE.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@HCCOMPARE.COM>
Subject: Re: NTR - how to blk SPAM
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Rachel Wright <rachel.wright@MITCHELL-ENERGY.COM> wrote:
> Can someone refresh my memory on the way to block the current
> influx of Spam coming my way. Particularly the porno crud that
> keeps coming across.
The best way would be to persuade the listowner to prevent the spam from
being distributed through SAS-L in the first place. That's not entirely
straightforward, unfortunately. SAS-L is gatewayed to comp.soft-sys.sas,
which would have to be changed to a moderated group, which isn't easy
(and maybe not even possible).
Barring changes at the source, what you have to do to block spam depends
on your system and newsreader or mail reader. If you have the ability to
filter messages, getting rid of all messages which contain "adult site",
"sex site", "pamela a", "xx", ".jpg", ".gif", or "!!" in the subject line
would eliminate much of the unwanted material.
Eliminating all messages whose subject lines are in ALL CAPS would also
help, but that's harder to do with the filters I've used.
There's always the risk that you'll reject something legitimate. If you
can, write rejected messages to a file that you read and delete from time
to time, rather than deleting them completely.