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From: Erik Max Francis <max AT alcyone DOT com>
Newsgroups: comp.os.msdos.djgpp
Subject: Re: Spam [semi off topic]
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 1997 12:52:58 -0700
Organization: Alcyone Systems
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Paul Derbyshire wrote:

> DJ, can your mailserv detect spam and avoid propagating it? That cuts
> the
> spam audience by half.

Is truly _half_ of the spam that appears here sent to the mailing list?  I
find that hard to believe.

> Can it also send cancels to control to nuke the
> spam in the newsgroup? That would cut the rest out but your ISP might
> have
> an opinion about cancelling other peoples' messages, although I think it
> is justifiable in the War Against Spam(tm).

Spam which meets certain criteria for cancellation can be cancelled, and
already is being done by automated services.  Taking cancellations into
your own hands is a very bad idea, particularly in a newsgroup that is not
declared as being retromoderated (which comp.os.msdos.djgpp is not).

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