You may recall that yours truly, as owner of the Advocats list,
embarked upon an experiment back in December, with the goal of
keeping our list free of spam. For the past month, any posting from
a nonsubscriber went first to me for approval, while subscribers'
postings went through immediately. During that time, I have
intercepted zero spam, while approving over a dozen legitimate
postings. Those legit postings came from people who subscribed under
one address (most often a zoo address) but were trying to post using
a different address (usually [log in to unmask]).
The delay in approving messages disrupts the flow of our dialog, and
it isn't a productive use of my time. It could be remedied by
everyone subscribing under all the addresses they might post from, or
changing their subscriptions, but I don't see that happening.
I've reset the list's "send=" option to public, so anyone can post.
There isn't a way to restrict posting to uvm.edu. To curtail
harvesting of subscribers' addresses for spam purposes, I've
restricted review of the list to uvm.edu.
Listserv independently catches some spam, and that protection will continue.
Thanks to John Ryder for several suggestions, including the technique
we've experimented with this past month -- and to everyone for your
participation in the experiment.
If you have ideas of ways to better manage this list or to make it
more useful, please let me know.
From Dec. 19:
>Given the little taste of SPAM on the Advocats list recently, I'm
>trying an experiment. Any posting from a nonsubscriber will go to
>the list owner for approval; all postings from subscribers will go
>directly to the list.
>New subscriptions outside uvm.edu have not been allowed for a long
>time, but it has been possible for anyone to send messages. The
>change I've made means that:
>  You'll have to post from an address under which you're subscribed.
>  If you need to post from multiple uvm.edu addresses, subscribe
>from all those addresses, and set all but one to "nomail".
>Please let me know if this poses a hardship, or if it doesn't work