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Mark Fowler has never been the same since he was elected leader of the London Perl Mongers. The strain manifests itself mainly in releasing various [cpan.org] modules [cpan.org] to CPAN, giving talks [2shortplanks.com], and use of the Trelane nick on #london.pm for endless procrastination. Doctors are still seeking a cure.
Thursday May 01, 2003
11:59 AM

Untainted Bigot

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I'm one of the main mailing list admins for the London.pm mailing list. Whenever someone emails to the list that's not subscribed the mail ends up in a queue of mails that must be approved by an admin using a web form. Every time a mail enters this queue I get the subject and who sent it emailed to me, but not the whole message.

This queue gets about five or six spam messages a day, so if I think that a subject and sender looks like spam, I tend to ignore it until I see a message that doesn't look like spam. This normally isn't a problem, but today I found a legitimate message that'd been in the queue for over a day because the user that sent it was using a hotmail account and I'd been ignoring it. Ooops.

This raises a nasty question: Has spam turned me into a domain bigot? Get your own domain name or I'll discriminate against you - you'll have a much longer wait for a posting. Scary thoughts.

In completely unassociated news, I've been playing around a lot with CGI::Untaint (and Class::DBI::FromCGI) and getting my head in a complete mess. There are some situations where I need the extraction handlers to legitimately return undef. The only way to tell this apart from a extraction failure is to check the undocumented error method in CGI::Untaint.

After much scratching of head, we now have a new release of Test::CGI::Untaint that deals properly with undefs.

Head all confused. Must go to pub now.

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  • This raises a nasty question: Has spam turned me into a domain bigot? Get your own domain name or I'll discriminate against you - you'll have a much longer wait for a posting. Scary thoughts.

    I am a domain bigot, but it is mostly very large providers, like AOL.com. And most people who rely on such providers don't even care if you "discriminate" against them, and they don't know the difference anyway.