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Monday March 22, 2004
12:17 AM list bounces

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You may have recieved some bounces from one of the MX's in the past few days. This is not because things are actually bouncing, but because someone in Australia (202.12.233.xx) is re-injecting posts via the nntp server. (This is why email->news gateways, especially when combined with news->email gateways can be very very bad.)

We've blocked him or her. But this is the second time we've blocked him. (And second IP address.) Maybe he'll get the hint this time. If you get one of these bounces, you can just ignore it. Your message has made it to the list.

I'm thinking about modifying the posting facility to reject the identifiable looping posts, but I'm worried that if the error says: SomeHeader not valid in posts. this persion will just $msg->Header->delete("SomeHeader") and suddenly we lose our ability to block them.

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  • what you can put down to stupidity.

    What makes you think that the cuprit is maliciously feeding these posts back? Rather than just being capable of not learning from previous mistakes.

    Surely by putting in such a header and checking it, you are no worse off in the short term, and the worse that can happen is that you return to the current situation where some moron succeedes re-injecting posts?