Listowners-L ArchivesArchiver > Listowners > 1999-02 > 0918624092
From: Tim Pierce <>
Subject: Re: Spam on a rootsweb list
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 00:21:32 -0500
On Tue, Feb 09, 1999 at 10:02:47PM -0600, wrote:
> I belong to a very large Rootsweb German mailing list. A lot of spam
> messages come through on a regular basis. Is it possible that that
> particular list is still open?
Yes, it is. The lists that we host which are gatewayed to Usenet
newsgroups (GENBRIT, GENANZ, GEN-DE, GEN-FR, GEN-FF, GENMSC, GENCMP,
GEN-BENELUX, GEN-AFRICAN, GEN-HISPANIC and GEN-ITALIAN, and probably a
few others) aren't closed to subscribers. Thus far, the newsgroup
gateway has made it difficult for us to close the lists to
subscribers, and exposes us to a considerable amount of Usenet spam to
boot. It's pretty embarrassing to me that we haven't been able to get
this under control yet.
However, I think I've finally figured out how to reconfigure the
gateways so that we can make these lists closed to subscribers as
well, and shut down considerably on the amount of spam passing through
them. I'm going to try really hard to get that done tonight.
RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
system obfuscator and hack-of-all-trades