Jordan shoes and other spam


    Oct 01 2008 | 5:35 pm
    This needs to be a separate subject, but as it happens that my provider is shutting down, I need get a new e-mail address anyway. I am just wondering, as we had several spammers get into the list/forum somehow, in the not so short past, how we could prevent them from being able to get the addresses of all who post. (At least I can read the private addresses of those who post). Is this problem to be solved in the near future? Will new list members be set off at least for a while to be able to read e-mail addresses? Has Wallace to acknowledge each new members first post by hand maybe? I guess that the amount of new members who subscribe each day isn't really that big, but who knows...
    It is worrying me, and I think the problem is serious...
    I wish you good luck to get it sorted...
    All the best, Stefan
    -- Stefan Tiedje------------x------- --_____-----------|-------------- --(_|_ ----|-----|-----()------- -- _|_)----|-----()-------------- ----------()--------www.ccmix.com

    • Oct 01 2008 | 9:10 pm
      Stefan, The sad state of spam on the Internet today means you will start getting spammed eventually. If you email address isn't stolen from this mailing list, then they'll get it from somewhere else eventually. I guess you can be really, really careful, but it only takes one small mistake that might not even be your fault. Pretty much everything you do online requires an email address, and websites' user/customer lists get compromised all the time. Even if we got C74 to "fix" the problem, they are not the only people you give your email address to, right?
      So I think time may be better spent looking into a mail provider that has solid spam filtering. I have been using gmail for a few years and have been mostly very happy with it. I get my share of spam, but it is flagged as such with very high accuracy and kept out of my inbox. It's easy to manage.
      If you aren't into webmail, most mail clients have builtin spam filtering or you can get plug-ins. One very nice thing about webmail is you don't need to change your email address when switching providers.
      That said, it is a little troublesome that private email addresses are exposed via the mailing list. Perhaps it could always provide "mailing-list-name@cycling74.com" as the from address. However, every mailing list I've ever subscribed to exposes people's private addresses. You want to know who you are communicating with. There's no perfect solution here.
      Raja: Your email address is still exposed to people on the mailing list.
    • Oct 01 2008 | 9:26 pm
      yes it's visible ----- Original Message ----- From: "raja" To: Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 3:59 PM Subject: [maxmsp] Re: Jordan shoes and other spam
      > > I have what might be an ignorant question related to this post. I have > unsubscribed from the list and I was hoping that this would reduce the > exposure to my personal email address. So I just log in to cycling74.com > every day now and check the forums directly from there only. Do you all > still see my personal email address in this post? Or does it remain hidden > so long as I answer posts from the website-forums only?
    • Oct 02 2008 | 7:52 am
      raja schrieb: > Do you all still see my personal email address in this post? Or > does it remain hidden so long as I answer posts from the > website-forums only?
      I see it, the proof is, you receive it now twice... (Sending it to the list and private...)
      I don't mind that max users know my mail address, its even appreciated. But I don't want spammers to get hold of it...
      As long there is a chance that they slip in, its maybe better to hide? Or only make it visible to members if I actually answer their posts, or if they have sent at least one human approved message? (I would suspect that spammers don't know anything about Max, and would not be able to write a message which makes sense to us, at least untill real AI arrives...)
      I would not approve a "How can I attach my xxx shoes to my Max burger?" question for example...
      One could also make the visibility dependent on an approved going through the tutorials... ;-)
      Stefan
      -- Stefan Tiedje------------x------- --_____-----------|-------------- --(_|_ ----|-----|-----()------- -- _|_)----|-----()-------------- ----------()--------www.ccmix.com
    • Oct 05 2008 | 5:48 pm
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