I would like to filter out off-topic posters as well as those who
reply. After all, those who reply are wasting bandwidth for all of us
as well as their own time.
However, some of those who reply to these idiots frequently respond to
serious woodworking questions with answers I'd like to read.
Is there any solution?
The only one I've been able to find is to filter out the subjects as they
But I should note that I find some off-topic posts interesting enough to
follow, so I don't WANT to filter them out of hand.
Can we assume you're filtering out any post with an "OT:" in it? That will
catch a fair percentage of them.
Filter using key words in the subject. Forget about trying to
identify the spammers and OT posters as they change their names and/or
ISPs frequently. For me I had to set up about 20 key words, then
added a dozen the first week, and then 1 or 2 keywords a week after
that. That way you are not filtering those who feed the trolls, just
I started removing "senders" using the "Block Sender" command under Message
menu. Yes I block the original sender and all who reply until the subject
is gone. The unwanted stuff is way down on my PC so it's working. Yes that
does mean I'll loose some valuable info from a few woodworkers who reply to
this junk...But with so many of you...do I really need 101 opinions. Also I
use Google for any serious research.
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