[amsat-bb] Re: Spam through amsat.org

Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL vlfiscus at mcn.net
Thu Oct 31 09:35:06 PDT 2013

At 01:22 AM 10/31/2013 -0700, Phil Karn <karn at ka9q.net> wrote:
>A significant fraction of the spam I get on my primary email account
>comes by way of the amsat.org email reflector; by my count, 18 of the 76
>spam emails I've received in the last day.
>But I don't want to just shut it off; sometimes people I do want to hear
>from make contact that way. And I've used it to contact others whose
>email addresses I don't know, but who I know to be AMSAT members.
>I wonder if it would be possible to set up some sort of auto-responder
>on amsat.org so that instead of just forwarding email, returns a message
>to the sender with a non-machine-readable image of the user's actual
>email address, possibly accompanied with a sound file with the same
>information for anyone with impaired vision. Spammers couldn't handle
>it, especially since most don't even use valid return addresses. But any
>real human could resend his email directly to its destination.
>What do people think of this idea? How much of a problem is spam for
>everyone else here?

Maybe I should clarify my last statement.  When I was reading Phil's
concern, I was thinking spam through Amsat-bb. I might only see about
one a week that makes it onto the bulletin board.

I have an amsat.org alias, like we all have, but I never use it as
a reply-to address.  If someone knows my call, they can tack on
amsat.org and send me an email.

Mindspring/Earthlink my provider, is very pro-active in stopping spam
and viruses.  I've never had to setup a kill-filter on my client.  I
have a yahoo email account, just to have for yahoo groups. Never ever
used it and it always gets spam in it.


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