[squeak-dev] Apology for offensive spam on annoncements list

Ken Causey ken at kencausey.com
Sun Jan 25 23:19:19 UTC 2009

First let me clarify that although I Cc'ed Squeak-dev and believe this
is the best place for the conversation, I was referring to the
announcements list below which is the primary list for which I am
responsible, and I don't moderate the squeak-dev list although I'm sort
of there in the background as the box-admins team leader.

I have not taken the time to look through the samples of the spam I
received but I suspect I would find that they came from a variety of
hosts and likely leveraged one of the botnets.  In any case even if they
all claim from a specific host blocking that host would likely be of no
benefit since even on DSL and cable (not to mention dialup services) the
IP assignment occasionally expires and a new one is issued.

This issue is no different from fighting spam in general and is a
constant battle that many many people fight every day with good but not
complete success.  I for one don't feel that we should be spending time
on that battle but simply do our best to 'roll with the punches' so to
speak and do the simplest thing possible to communicate and continue to
do what we love and do best.

I agree that for now we should simply move on but perhaps give a little
thought to what might be a workable alternative if this does turn into a
real problem in the future.


On Sun, 2009-01-25 at 18:03 -0500, Rob Rothwell wrote:
> +1
> Any way to just block the current offender and not change to constant
> monitoring?  This is the first time I have seen something like this in
> years, so maybe it just isn't that big of a deal right now...
> Rob
> On Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 4:04 PM, Joerg Beekmann
> <joerg at deepcovelabs.com> wrote:
>         Hello Ken
>         Thank you for you efforts keeping the list running and no need
>         to
>         apologize to us for the occasional spam that does get through.
>         Joerg
>         -----Original Message-----
>         From: squeak-dev-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org
>         [mailto:squeak-dev-bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org] On
>         Behalf Of Ken
>         Causey
>         Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2009 8:05 PM
>         To: Squeak Devel List
>         Cc: announcements at lists.squeakfoundation.org; box-admins
>         Subject: [squeak-dev] Apology for offensive spam on
>         annoncements list
>         I apologize for this coming through on the announcements
>         mailing list.
>         I hope everyone realizes that I did not send this.  Several
>         copies were
>         received purportedly 'from' various community members.  With
>         the
>         announcements list I have had a policy of moderating all
>         messages, even
>         those from subscribers.  But in the last year or so I had
>         begun to
>         relaxen this somewhat by whitelisting anyone who sent messages
>         regularly, this included myself.  Clearly this was a mistake
>         and I will
>         now remove myself and everyone else from the whitelist and I
>         will have
>         to go back to moderating every single message.
>         Again, my apologies,
>         Ken Causey
>         -------- Forwarded Message --------
>         From: Lawrence Auster <ken at kencausey.com>
>         Reply-To: ken at kencausey.com
>         To: announcements at lists.squeakfoundation.org
>         Subject: [Squeak Announcements] Obama -- The Judas Goat
>         Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:52:47 +0100
>         Obama -- The Judas Goat
>         1/25/2009
>         By David Duke
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