Someone, quite probably William Palfreman, once wrote:
>I've noticed since I started participating a bit on FreeBSD mailinglist
>I seem to be getting a lot more spam. Looking though the archive I see
>that no attempt is make to disguise participants email addresses. So
>really, sending emails to this list is an guaranty of steadily
>increasing amounts of spam, all the way up to hotmail and aol
>proportions. And really, while email addresses are undisguised in the
>archive, I'd have to be crazy to keep posting to the list, wouldn't I?
Using tools like SpamAssassin, Razor, Procmail, MailDrop, TMDA, and many
more all help reduce the amount of spam you'll actually see.
I don't actually get a great deal go directly to me, I notice a greater
connection between spam and the number of USENET posts I make to be
Most spam that you'll get is sent straight to the list as it takes far
less effort to hit a few thousand people with one mail than to harvest
addresses and mass mail those people yourself.
Again, using sensible filters will save you from any real exposure.
As for whether or not it's worth posting to the list that's up to you.
Post and receive help, post and offer help. The question is whether or
not you get any value from doing either. Personally I don't find spam
unmanageable, most of it is diverted away from my main mailbox and if
I've got time I report it before emptying out the spambin and
proactively try to cut the problem down.
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