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Spam-a-lot 2005-12-17 11:06:22
by ripleyx
Does the mail server have rule sets to bounce back some of the spam we're getting? If so, is there something we can do (help build rule sets/input emails/domains) to bounce this stuff back to the bastards?

I've found lists online of spam email/URLs and I'd be willing to put them into a specific format for the Mail Admin gods if it'd help...

- ripleyx

Re: Spam-a-lot 2005-12-22 10:52:44
by marasmus
Yes, the mail server does. Right now it's fairly rudimentary - you can create a list of banned words, subjects, or senders and configure what the server does with messages that match. It can bounce the message back, mark it with (SPAM) in the subject, or deliver it to a different folder (or any combination of those 3). I've been looking at improving the filter by using bayesian filtering techniques to categorize spam as well. You can configure your mail filtering rules by logging into the main site and clicking on the "Mail Filter" link on the left menu.

Another thing that works very well is to use a mail client (like Mozilla Thunderbird) that has a good spam filtering technique and connect to our server via IMAP. The messages stay stored on our mail server, and it's a little slower due to our limited bandwidth, but you can filter the messages with that and still have all your mail accessible via webmail.

We don't use any of the blacklist services, mainly because I don't like how they operate and I don't think they're particularly effective these days. Spammers have done a very good job of getting around the blacklists through other means (virus-infected zombie machines, etc), so I'd rather focus on making an easy-to-use, effective content filter.
Re: Spam-a-lot 2006-02-01 19:25:03
by (anon)ripleyx
CRM114 is a g00d thing :-)

Thx Marasmus
Re: Spam-a-lot 2006-02-02 09:52:42
by marasmus
"God willing, we will prevail, in peace and freedom from fear, and in true health, through the purity and essence of our natural... fluids."
(for those who remember the origin of the CRM114)
Re: Spam-a-lot 2006-04-25 01:57:53
by (anon)kmh
Is there a way to delete all mails in the inbox?
Re: Spam-a-lot 2006-04-28 11:39:39
by marasmus
Yes, there's a way to do it in webmail... It's not exactly point-and-click, but it's close...

Open a new browser window and log into webmail. While looking at your inbox, the URL line will look like this:

Change the "count=" parameter to something like 5000 and hit enter:

Then, click on the little checkbox in the bottom-left corner (the Check-All button). Click on the Delete button.

The mail server will grind for a little bit, and then all of those messages will be gone!
Re: Spam-a-lot 2006-04-29 08:27:11
by (anon)Anonymous
Thanks marasmus, I tried setting count to 500, I can check all the boxes but clicking on Delete button has no effect at all. No submission takes place.
Re: Spam-a-lot 2006-04-30 01:31:23
by (anon)kmh
It submits using GET method and length of URL exeeds the limit of the browser for about 500 mails.
Re: Spam-a-lot 2006-04-30 17:55:53
by marasmus