TMDA Re: [Gllug] New worm doing the rounds?

Xander D Harkness xander at
Wed Feb 11 17:38:58 UTC 2004

On Tue, 2004-02-10 at 16:41, Rev Simon Rumble wrote:
> This one time, at band camp, Bruce Richardson wrote:
> > While we're at it, can we rant about morons who use challenge/response
> > systems like TMDA?  Who are these idiots, deliberately increasing the
> > spam problem for the rest of the world just so that their inboxes can
> > (temporarily) seem a little cleaner?
> People with less faith in human nature than you...  Some might call
> them "realists".
> I happily predict that you, and everyone else, will have some form of
> challenge-response filter on your mail box in two years' time.
> I can't see any other way.  Soon as I get some decent infrastructure
> in place, I'll be going that way myself.
With callout and spamassassin I see about 10 or 15 spam a day for
hundreds of users.  This is not spam to me, this is total for all users.

I see spam as very as very manageable, especially considering that the
charities I host for do not pay me any cash for the service and hence it
is not something that I find takes a lot of time once set up.

Please note that this is not an invitation for more spam or to sign me
up for more; however if you do a search for xander at I get
five pages on Google and I have the address on my web site.  The lack of
spam is not through lack of net presence.

It did take me a few days to get the system set up (done over a period
of time) and I have tweaked it, so I now refuse messages containing zip
files between 28k and 35k in size.  This vastly reduces the load on my
mail server and has not upset any of my users yet :-)

Kind regards

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