Killing SPAMER/lurker was Re: Fwd: [clug] Unable to write to nfs mounted shares

Aaron Kerr Aaron.Kerr at Sun.COM
Wed Apr 19 01:46:35 GMT 2006

While we are solving this can we also solve my forced lurker-ship. Any 
mails I send to the CLUG list seem to silently fail to make it to the 
list. This forces me to be largely a read-only participant.

...or maybe this was a transient problem that has now gone away.


steve jenkin wrote On 19/04/06 10:39 AM,:
> Could we collectively apply ourselves to solving this problem - for 
> these guys and for any future spamers?
> 1. These guys have been lurking on the list for more than a year.
> 2. The list admins (thank you guys!) have mentioned this before and 
> tried to solve it.  My understanding is that another address forwards to 
> 'petsupermarket' and it's not been located.
> 3. We have a rather large amount of 'clue' within the list - this 
> problem should not be too deep for us collectively.
> I don't know:
> a) how many mail addresses are subscribed to the list [size of problem]
> b) the version of mailman/whatever is running the list 
> [impediments/constraints]
> c) if there are any neat scripts to confirm mail addresses... [existing 
> solutions]
> Some possible solutions:
> 0) Maybe this is a solved problem in recent versions of mailman...
> i) use a script to individually send a test message to each mail 
> address. The 'from' etc lines to look like the list, but each subject 
> line to be unique (the index number of the mail address in the mailman 
> list?) and the message body to be something like 'test message to 
> <subscribed address>.'
> ii) Take script i), add a reply-to address with an autohandler that 
> collects replies.
> Add to the body to 'Please confirm your address to remain on the list'
> iii) Create a new list and ask everyone to subscribe to it by a given 
> date [allowing for ppl on holidays/away].
> On D-Day:
> - send last announcement saying 'you have to resubscribe'
> - delete everyone modulo admins from the current list
> - export the subscribed people from the new list [keep this list 
> somewheres, perhaps in the new/temp list]
> - import the new subscriptions to the current list
> - delete everyone from the new list.
> - Optionally, remove the new/temp list
>   [If anyone ever subscribes to the new list, it's a flag that they are 
> spammers]
> I don't like to ask the list admins to do extra work - it's not fair on 
> them - they probably have lives offsite from their computer screens :-)
> I can't help with PERL scripting (but could cobble something together 
> with shell script & "sendmail -f")
> - we have enough high quality perl mongers to provide a nice solution.
> But I am prepared to help or do the swap of mailman lists .... I'd need 
> to temporarily have a list admin password.
> As an on-going admin function, how should dead addresses & spammers be 
> dealt with in the future?
> A once a year clean-out & resubscribe??? [Just before Linux.Conf.AU may 
> be good. Or mid-year?]
> Something else??
> cheers
> steve
> Kim Holburn wrote on 19/4/06 8:06 AM:
>> Hey Guys,
>> I got this reply to my last clug post.  Does this mean that 
>> <petsupermarket.sspam at> is a memebr of the clug list?  Can 
>> we remove it?
>> Kim

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