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Nobody wants to talk to me anymore... - Journal of Omnifarious

Oct. 20th, 2006

12:47 pm - Nobody wants to talk to me anymore...

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Well, I didn't want to talk to any of them anyway. Since I started using a few RBLs and implemented greylisting using Postgrey, I've gone from getting 200-500 messages a day down to getting about 15-20. I now get about as many spam messages as I get daily health messages from my computers.

This drop in spam has saved me approximately 15-30 minutes of spam clearing a day as I went through all the messages looking for the inadvertent message from a friend that was somehow badly classified. There have been about 3 of those in the past 2 years. When I took my 2.5 week trip to MN this summer, I felt compelled to redirect my personal email to be filtered through google so the spam wouldn't pile up so badly while I was gone.

In some ways, it's been kind of lonely. I don't get a lot of non-spam email. But I don't really mind the silence. :-)

Current Mood: [mood icon] pleased

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From:rosencrantz319
Date:October 20th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 20th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Helo Omnee Pharius

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That sounds like a good idea. Evolution can do that, and it's not too hard to set up. I assume you can get your visi mail through evolution now, right?

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From:ex_butterfl246
Date:October 20th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
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*spams you*
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 21st, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
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Gee, thanks! *chuckle*

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From:hattifattener
Date:October 21st, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
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Nice thing about graylisting is the collateral damage is really really low. And it's one of the few spamfighting technologies that shifts effort onto the spammer instead of the receiver.

It's also surprisingly effective.
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 21st, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
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Yes, the RBLs were only marginally effective compared to greylisting. They cut out about 20%, and greylisting cut out 80%. Combined, they are even more effective as I have my greylist refusal window set to about an hour or so, so the spam sources have time to get listed by spamtrap driven RBLs.

I do not like RBLs though. Even though I set it up so that any reasonable mail system will tell the legitimate sender who's blocked exactly what's going on, it's still not nice to do to someone who's not sending you spam.

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