> > In essence, making the list a members only list puts far more
> > control in the hands of the list admins when it comes to who can
> > or can not post to the list itself. It also, by nature of the
> > increased levels of control, increases the level of administrative
> > responsibility for a list admin.
> > Personal opinion, then, is this: make it members only.
> > Paul G.
> And what if they spoof your email? Spammer usually fake their email!
Spammers, the more sophisticated ones, can and do attempt to.
Typically, however, it is
easy enough to trace email addresses back to where they were actually
sent from, including back-tracking through the relay sites the
spammer/UCE author abused.
If your local filters are effective, spammers/UCE providers can not
get through. One of
those local filters is actually the end-user who is aware that
whatever mailing list that they signing up for is, and will always be
a potential source for UCE/spam.
Most folks, ie. those folks whose only reason for using the net is to
get their email, to
chat with someone or surf the net, don't typically think about spam.
Maybe todays' end-user is more sophisticated than that, I do not
know. There is not
much to indicate that they are with all the internet security related
issues that come up every single day, including spam.
These are the people who tend to say, "well, as long as my apps work,
it doesn't matter".
Spam, or the considof eration blocking such things, doesn't typically
The more walls you put up between you and the internet, the less will
be able to get
through. (forgive the Internet Security - 101 lesson).
There is only so much that can be done by the mailing list admins in
terms of spam.
Where the ability of the mailing list admins leaves off, the
responsibility for getting rid of the rest of the spam typically falls
to the person who actually has an email account to manage. My
assujmption, of course, is that the end user is responsible, and is
always the first line of defense. List admins can offer a second line
of defense, and will do so to the degree that they feel it is fair
and/or acceptable to do so. Even so, responsibility, in terms of
spam, ultimately falls in the hands of the end-user who has an email
account of their own to manage.
Up until now, at least for this list, the list admins have been, as
someone else has
already noted, filtering out most of the spam "before" it ever sullys
the doorstep of an individuals email client. Some always slips
through. This particular spam, as noted in the subject line, was
particularly offensive to a good deal of people who saw it and
probably embarassing to others.
I mean, what woman, and there are women who are subscribed to this
list, would want to
ever see such a thing in their email download? How would her male
associate, colleague or partner react to her seeing that sort of thing
should she be faced with the requirement to report such a thing?
By changing the list to a members only list, the opportunities to
slip UCE through can
and would be reduced, even more.
Even so, it is almost an assumption that if the list admins should
choose to make the list
"members only" that they, the list admins will also be choosing to
take and/or manage the added responsibility of maintaining a members
The remainder of responsibility belongs, and this has not ever
changed, to the end users