RE: Measures against spam in rp-ml

Date: Tue Jun 10 2003 - 18:45:02 EEST

I agree, excellent job Hannu and Seppo. We all appreciate you efforts.
Paul Olson

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Wohlers []
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 7:35 AM
To: RP-ML; Seppo Niemi
Subject: Re: Measures against spam in rp-ml

Hannu and Seppo,
Thank you for addressing the concerns of the mailing list. The rp-ml is the
world's number one online forum for sharing information on rapid prototyping
and related subjects. I hope it remains that way for years to come.
Some subscribers may not know that you are doing all of this on a gratis
basis. The server hardware, software, purchases such of SpamAssassin, your
time, and so on, are donations on your part. Many thanks for your work and
commitment to this incredibly valuable service.
Some of us may want to send a donation as a token of our appreciation. What
postal address should we use?
Best regards,
Terry Wohlers
Wohlers Associates, Inc.
OakRidge Business Park
1511 River Oak Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 USA
Fax 970-225-2027

----- Original Message -----
From: Seppo <> Niemi
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 5:36 AM
Subject: Measures against spam in rp-ml

Dear Everybody,

I have just installed a piece of software called SpamAssassin to the
rp-ml mail server. It should cut down the amount spam on the list.

The software checks every incoming message and calculates a "spam
value" for it. If the value is high enough, the message is flagged as
spam and tossed away.

This is not a perfect solution, there'll still be a certain amount of
spam which is not caught by SpamAssassin. And it is also possible that
some perfectly legitimate mails will be rejected as spam because the
software thinks it "looks like spam". But I think this is still an

I also had to upgrade the Mail Transfer Agent software (Exim) to
version 4.20 and some other components of the Operating System in
order to get SpamAssassin installed. The list should, however,
continue to work just as before. The server hardware is slow and old
and this new software requires a lot of computing power, so there may
or may not be some occasional timeouts or delays.

If you experience any technical problems, please send mail to <> and let me know.


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