Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 11:14:59 -0400 From: ALICE FABER Subject: Junk Mail In response to, I believe, Ron Butters' comment that all we have to do is hit delete when we get junk mail, I have to say that it's not that simple. For those of us who get ADS-L in digest form, hitting delete when we see junk mail in the digest means that we miss legitimate posts as well. In response to Bethany's suggestion about emailing postmasters, unless you're *very* good at reading headers, that's a dangerous thing to do. The magazine spam that we got hit with twice is notorious all over the net, and has been the subject of much discussion on the net-abuse usenet groups. Essentially, what the perpetrator does is forge return addresses. The From line might have indicated that it came from an AOL account, but that was a forgery. For more than you ever wanted to know on this subject, read This is a chronic net problem, that seems to crop up more on holidays (when people assume that the net.police will be off holidaying). Finally, I would strongly support a maximum posting length of 200 lines (or even less). That would unequivocally bounce this spam. I suspect the only overly long postings from ADS-L regulars would be postings quoting a previous posting in its entirety. Longer legitimate postings (like, for instance, the government funding updates) can be placed on the web site, with a short pointer sent of to the list. Alice Faber faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]