[linux-elitists] e-mail scriptrollas

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Fri Sep 12 18:08:37 PDT 2003

on Fri, Sep 12, 2003 at 04:36:00PM -0700, Don Marti (dmarti@zgp.org) wrote:
> begin Seth David Schoen quotation of Fri, Sep 12, 2003 at 03:55:45PM -0700:
> > > Maybe the solution for Larry, myself, and others like us, might be a
> > > procmail script that greps URLs in incoming email and wgets the contents
> > > into some kind of cache area (backgrounded, so as not to slow mail
> > > delivery) for offline reading. Does anyone see why this wouldn't make
> > > everyone happy?
> > 
> > It would make spammers happy by providing evidence that you actually
> > read mail sent to that address.
> Hitting URLs in spam, especially unread spam, is a good thing.
> Spammer-tolerant web hosting is expensive.
>   http://www.paulgraham.com/ffb.html
> You could have the script that handles your spamtrap addresses hit
> any URLs in mail they receive, too, so that spammers don't know which
> of 20,000 working addresses in your domain correspond to humans.

Two words:  Joe Job.

Better be sure you know that URL's bad.


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