Person to person contact or email; not by newsgroup. I'm with him. My nomme de
plume is one of the worst kept secrets but it keeps the spam at bay. That's the
reason I use it. It also keeps the Board of Nursing off my ass if I write
something politically (gasp) incorrect.
I have 2 e-mail addresses and one is use specifically for certain tasks. It
gets little to absolute no spam, 1 or 2 a week. The name I use here gets
probably 75 hits a day minimum. I use mail washer to cull out the BS.
The concentric e-mail address that I used to use when posting is up to
about 125 to 200 spams per day that the concentric filter catches and tags
as [junkmail]. There are about 20 spams per day that my own filters catch
and about 5 to 10 slip through both of those. Unfortunately, for the
concentric filter to catch that many, it is too aggressive and sometimes
gets false positives (Grizzly, Northern Tool, Jamestown, and Penn State get
caught regularly, as did several order confirmations from Woodworker's
Supply), so I have to do a quick scan through the junkmail bin to verify
that nobody's in there before deleting the lot.
On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 09:56:51 -0700, Mark & Juanita
One option is to sign up with a service that is generous with
aliases and periodically change the alias you use for Usenet,
say Mark101 then Mark102, etc. That lets people get to you
that you want to let get to you but kills off most of the spam
as well. Then use another alias altogether for vendors.
That's good advice. Essentially the concentric account has become the
one for vendors and other requestors with whom I may feel uncomfortable
regarding their full intentions for my address. I have an account on the
satellite ISP that is only provided to those whom I trust.
Sorry, poor grammar on my part. Should have capitalized as Concentric as
in "Concentric.net". They are now part of XO.com, but the Concentric.net
domain name is still active. i.e., they are an ISP and were my original
ISP for dial-up. When I got Direcway, I went with Direcway as my primary
ISP, but kept Concentric as a backup and because I do have a number of
contacts who know my Concentric e-mail address.
I just make it hard for machines, scriptkiddies, and the lazy.
A relatively determined 6th grader, with minimum computer skills, could use
a combination of Goggled wRec messages and one web page visit to not only
send me e-mail, but score a picture, or two.
But what's in a name? .. apparently a SSAN is all that REALLY counts these
Well good for you. You play with loaded pistols too? Pretty strong
words for a guy who is simply protecting himself from all the spammers
who mine these newsgroups for email addresses.
I could give a hoot if he wants to keep his email address to himself.
If he's got something to say that's relevant to the wreck then this is
the place to say it - I don't need his email, home address, or
telephone number to share ideas with the guy.
TWS - a guy who is also cowardly keeping (some of) the spammers away.
If you consider the fun of target shooting to only be effective when
the pistols are loaded, then yes. Otherwise, your comment has no
Please. You sound like a person who thinks that having an unlisted
phone number prevents telephone solicitation. Wake up and join the
20th Century. Telephone solicitors dial numbers in sequence. They
don't need a directory listing.
Spam is often done the same way. I have gotten spam addressed to me
and cc'd to fifteen or twenty variations of my actual email name.
Obviously that spam would have reached me if I'd never posted once
with my real email address.
My point is that he claims he will email any human. So how does that
happen? How do I get ahold of him? He has no email address (that's
discernible. I can only assume he wants me to post mine and then he'll
email me. He wants me to do what he's too frightened to do. He wants
me to expose myself without exposing himself. I say again, bullshit.
'Some of' is right.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
Then don't expose yourself. CYA (Cover your ass) What in the heck is
wrong with just keeping it on the newsgroup? I can see the problem
with posting under several names, but who cares if you call a guy
"Woodchuck" or "Bob Smith" (for example) Even if the name looks real,
you still don't know that that's the guy's name, and I wonder why it
would matter. If someone needs you to e-mail them, they can post
their address in response to a query on the group- it's not necessary
to put it in every post.
I don't get any, unless you count "Deltagrams"- and I don't,
especially since they're sending me a free set of turning tools as a
result! (Had to buy a Midi Lathe, but I was going to do that anyhow.)
As an on-topic FYI- Delta is running the promotion for a free set of
turning tools ($99) or a bed extension (approx $50) with purchase of a
Midi Lathe if you get it before 12/31/04. Didn't see it anywhere but
the Delta website, so I figured it was worth a mention.
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
I've been down the "let's try to filter everything" road, and it's a
pain in the ass, yes. About 2 years ago, I signed up for spamcop.net
as a mail filtering service. I get about 100 spam a day, and all but
1 or 2 are held in the "suspect spam" folder. I've never had a real
message go into that folder, and they make it easy to report the spam
that leaks through so _they_ can tweak their filters for all of their
subscribers. I apply 16 or 17 realtime blackhole lists to my filters,
and it works _very_ well. 30 or 40 bucks a year.
Another option, if you're running windows and have an always-on
internet connection (not dialup) is a challenge/response system.
I've used ZAEP (zaep.com), and it works well. Unless one of your
friends who you have whitelisted (or who has whitelisted themselves)
turns into a spammer, it's going to be 100%. Easy install, shareware,
and again, 30 or 40 bucks to buy.
Lots of good solutions out there. Hiding your identity is one way to
avoid spam, but being reachable, while still being protected, is preferable
Guess I'm really lucky. Our little local ISP uses "Vircom" to firewall and
AV our mail. Sometimes 75-80 per day. Originally they would send a report
daily or weekly(my selection of frequency), but even that got to be a PITA,
so deselected the report. Once in a great while they will stop an email from
someone that I wanted, but I think I finally got all of them sorted out & on
the "whitelist". Generally I only se 1 or 2 spam per week(or less), or I
might see 1 or 2 of a new attempt until Vircom gets it trapped.
The law of intelligent tinkering: save all the parts.
The delete function in my mail client works very effectively on SPAM. You
might be bothered by it in you inbox, but I have never had a problem.
However, I do have a problem with advice or comments from someone who won't
give his/her name.
One funny thing is that my wife, who never use Usenet and emails only to a
small circle of friends, gets several times the amount of SPAM that I do,
even though I have been participating in USENET for about 30 years using my
real name and and a real email address. Hiding behind a fake address does
little to prevent SPAM.
That's too bad. At least a couple of the most profound, learned works of all
time were done on a 'first name only', anonymous basis. Go no further than
the wRec on a daily basis to know that an included "name" doesn't guarantee
good advice or comments.
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