Greetings birders and list-lurkers,
Due to a problem with spam on open listserv discussion groups here
at UVM, all messages to the UVM listserv (including messages to
VTBIRD) are now scanned by a spam filter. Messages that look
"spammy" to the filter are held up for approval by the list owner (me)
before they are distributed to the list.
This change should not affect most of you, but already this morning
I've had to approve 4 messages that were flagged as possible spam.
These messages all get flagged with some form of the [SPAM*] tag
that you have seen this morning (for those interested, the number of
hash marks [#] relates to the "spamminess" score on a scale of 1 to 10,
and I believe the current threshhold is 7 or 8).
I'm no expert on spam filters, but there are steps you can take to make
your messages look less spammy. Rambling, run-on sentences and/or
paragraphs, lots of upper-case or weird (non-alphabetic) characters,
or funky signature blocks could all cause a message to look spammy.
Also look out for problems that might be caused by your mailer itself
if you use a non-standard or particularly complex (feature-laden!)
means of composing email. HTML is not allowed, but it might be
possible that a message sent in both plain-text and HTML looks
like marketing junk to a spam filter.
Unless there's a change to this new policy here, we will have to put
up with potential delivery delays for problematic messages while we
learn what exactly might be making them problematic. Hopefully these
will be few and far between.
Thanks for your patience as we adapt to this change.
VTBIRD List Owner