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01. May 2004

SpamPal, ASK et. al.
@ 22:10:19

I just come from configuring SpamPal on my local Windows machine. The amount of unsolicited mails is tremendous on my main address these days. My hosting service reported me of something like a thousand mails in ten hours. To rise the filter level once more would not make sense, they said and proposed to install SpamPal [1] which taggs spam and makes filtering more easy.

On the other hand you could change your mail policy and make use of a tool like Active Spam Killer [2]. ASK sends a confirmation message back to the unknown sender and keeps the mail pending until the (human) sender confirms the request. ASK is an Open Source solution. A similar service is available through Mailblocks [3].

[1] http://www.spampal.org/usermanual/clients/outlook2000/outlook2000.html
[2] http://www.paganini.net/ask/
[3] http://www.mailblocks.com

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  1. Comment by Bernhard Seefeld @ 2004-05-01 22:45:12:
    Bernhard Seefeld’s Gravatar Uh, no, such whitelisting systems are very problematic. See recently http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/001931.html (and also, if you allow, http://www.bernhardseefeld.ch/archives/000039.html )
  2. Comment by Bernhard Seefeld @ 2004-05-01 22:46:25:
    Bernhard Seefeld’s Gravatar sorry, as html:

    Jeremy Zawodny: TMDA User Can Blow Me and myself on usability problems of TMDA systems
  3. Comment by Urs @ 2004-05-02 00:20:54:
    Urs’s Gravatar I can understand the arguments against TMDA systems; but when I will come to the point, where spending just too much time filtering emails by hand will cut down the benefit of emailing compared to snail-mailing and you are basically being forced to move to another address, TMDA would just be one - maybe - final effort to get the control back.

    I think it is a question of the "signal to noise ratio" where you come to the decision to use TMDA. Jeremys rant is understandable. But I guess if I sent out a question via email to him, the system should have already added his email to the whitelist and let him mail back as usual. Maybe I misunderstood the mechanism... ;-)

    PS: ThanQ Berni for the feedback.
    PPS: I am not yet working with any TMDA system though.

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