I would echo Greg's concerns. To address the issue, I think we should
make it easy for people to opt-in to a "drop all my virus laden mail" list,
but we shouldn't make that decision for them. The hard part would be
educating people about that ability.
J. Greg MacKinnon wrote:
> I am not so sure that we should throw these messages out. They serve a
> few functions:
> 1. You are being reminded constantly that these are a lot of
> virus-infected messages out there, perhaps this will help drive home the
> lesson that you MUST be cautions with unsolicited email.
> 2. There are occasional false positives and rare
> legitimate-yet-infected messages which perhaps should not be dropped.
> There is also the fact that this would not solve the problem as:
> 1. infected messages continue to get through in the absence of
> appropriate virus definitions.
> 2. I get tons of "undeliverable message" errors on account of infected
> systems sending email to bogus addresses with my address in the "FROM:"
> Let people filter "[VIRUS REMOVED]" as filter "[SPAM]" and other
> undesirable mail. The REAL technology solution to these problems (if
> there ever is one) is not yet here. Something about dumping mail
> without any receipt makes me nervous. Perhaps these reservations are
> silly and we should do it anyway... just my .02 euros....
> -Greg Mackinnon
> Frank Swasey wrote:
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