As far as I can tell, 100% of the spam is coming from google groups.
It would be great to set nfilter just to block all posts from that
domain, so I did a test. Instead of blocking all google groups
postings, I had Nfilter flag them. It appears that a significant
portion of the valid traffic for this group also comes through google
groups. So if I block all google traffic, I block most everything else
So now I have a humongus kill filter that lists just about every brand
name imaginable. Seems to be working.
See my post a few days ago in which I showed how to set up filters that drop
googlegroups posts in general, but allow Charlie Self's to come through.
* score:+100 message-id:googlegroups
* score:-100 from: email@example.com
* score:-100 from: firstname.lastname@example.org
* drop score:100
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
1 - get a news provider like Supernews that filters the worst of the
crap at the server.
2 - kill file EVERYTHING coming from Google Groups. You'll miss a
couple of good posters here, but it's worth it. Besides, if they're
that smart they shouldn't be posting from GG.
Help improve usenet. Kill-file Google Groups.
Just curious, does AOL have access to news groups same as Earthlink or
If so, is the set up straight forward?
Been asked to set up an AOL account.
Normally, I don't do AOL, but this time have no choice.
The news group server that I am using is named nntp.earthlink.net. You are
that the header says Supernews and that implies that Earthlink has outsourced
its news group support to Supernews.
However I interpreted jo4hn's message as saying that he left earthlink because
he could no longer access news groups from Earthlink. Earthlink does provide
access to news groups.
BTW: I do have a complaint with Earthlink concerning news groups. I cannot
news groups from Earthlink when I am on the road (thus when I am using some
ISP.) Earthlink's support basically said tough. They suggested that I use Google
groups. I have tried GG and it is terrible.
I can still get newsgroups thru earthlink.net using
(news.west.earthlink.net); however, can't get there with Thunderbird, must
I'm looking for a dial-up solution using AOL for when I'm away.
I use Thunderbird as my news reader and
I'm signed up with a free feed called
AIOE (http://aioe.org /). For the most
part I've been happy with it for the few
groups I need access to.
As a bonus, it seems to filter pretty
aggressively for spam, although that's a
mixed blessing. It also filters out a
couple of regular contributors in here,
but I normally can pick them up if
they're quoted by someone one else.
Some providers will provide access for a certain amount of data. For
example, my news provider allows me to transfer 90 GB for $25. (This was
part of a promotion that may be over now.)
Astraweb is the provider. They do almost no filtering at all, so it's
all up to you. Not affiliated...just a customer and all that.
You can only do so much with caulk, cardboard, and duct tape.
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