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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Like you, I encounter these periodically and I don't like them either. The particularly annoying scenario I encountered recently was that someone sent me email. I replied to their question and was then expected to leap through hoops to shepherd my reply through their challenge response system.

    • That's a poorly designed C/R system. The C/R systems that I've seen (and liked somewhat) will automatically whitelist an email address when an email is *sent* to that address. This means that people within an organization can send an email to whoever they want, and when that person responds it will go straight through.

      If email lists sent from the same address that you sign up at, then C/R systems that use the whitelisting technique above would have no problems receiving emails sent from legit email lists.

      • Haha!

        No, I'm against them because spammers lie. They forge the reply address to someone innocent. That means that the amount of spam I receive is going to double (as I count C/R requests as spam).

        I have a good mind to respond to C/R's that are the result of a joe-job against my domains just to prove this point.

        Mostly though I'm against them because I consider it impolite. A C/R anti-spam system is a cost shifting exercise. It shifts the recipients cost of spam to everyone who sends him email. That cost *