The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, Debtember 01, 2003

Bouncy bouncy bouncy

I just love some of the anti-spam measures put into place.

A member of one of the mailing lists I run had put into place a challenge-response anti-spam measure, where you have to reply to the message in order for the original message to go through. Only the challenge-response message gets bounced back to the list as a whole! (Fortunately, the challenge-response system is smart enough not to cause mail loops when the challenge-response gets sent back … ) Bad enough, but now, another member has classified the challenge-response messages as spam!

We got email bouncing everywhich way as anti-spam software tries to deal with other anti-spam software, each claiming the other as spam.

There's a Monty Python sketch in here somewhere.

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