[IAEP] [support-gang] A New Kind Of Hacking!

Paul Fox pgf at laptop.org
Fri Aug 16 14:49:28 EDT 2013

chris wrote:
 > On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM, Bastien <bzg at laptop.org> wrote:
 > >
 > > What was the rationale for stopping filtering incoming spam?
 > > Too many false positives?

wad may be remembering something that i don't, but i don't think
OLPC has made any changes to mailing list mail flow (or any laptop.org
mail flow) in quite a long time (measured in years).

i saw an increase in spam to my l.o account starting some time in the
past year, so whatever is being seen "now" i don't is due to a very
recent change.  i also don't think caryl's recent "hack" is new at
all.  "From" addresses are trivially forged.

 > I'm also curious.  The level of spam has made list moderation essentially
 > meaningless.  I cannot possibly look at each moderated message as a
 > potential genuine contribution, so I just delete them and let them time out
 > of the list folder.
 > Some spam filtering is important for RT as well, where I spend way too much
 > time deleting spam.
 > If OLPC can't maintain some basic infrastructure supoort, I need to know
 > for my own decision-making.  For instance, I might choose to move the L10n
 > list to SugarLabs instead, and I may or may not continue contributing my
 > time to RT cleaning if I'm just cleaning because a decision was made that
 > my time is less valuable than some admin time to set up spam filtering.

we have an acute shortage of admins, let alone "admin time".  almost
all the folks that have played that role in the past have left.  (i've
never played an admin role at OLPC -- it's not really in my skillset --
and probably won't start now).

 paul fox, pgf at laptop.org

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