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  • SPAM on my journal has taken a break, but will surely wind up again. I started looking at the sites being advertised and calling them up. I'd berate the people on the other end, or berate their answering machines about being, or using, spammers to do this. Casey has a SA to kill blog spam script (if you use a DB), but I liked David's idea of just renaming mt-comments.cgi so the spambots look in the wrong place.

    The whole joe-job emails also annoy the crap out of me (215 bounces this morning were waiting for
    • I don't get journal spam, as I require posts to have accounts. I average more than a thousand spams/viruses *per day*, but Eudora's Bayesian filters catch almost all of it. The only really bad parts are the every-once-in-awhile skimming through the Junk folder for false positives, and the bandwidth/time to download email.
      • I don't even know how many spams/viruses I get sent. I send way more stuff to /dev/null than I'd like. Anything that's a virus, anything that's not sent to a "proper" address, anything that's sent from certain addresses (mainly domains that have a stupid virus scanners or get continually joe-jobbed), anything that looks like a virus warning, a lot of bounces from postmaster, etc, etc.

        I only actually download 200-300 spams a day. I'm very impressed that Spamassassin marks over 99% for me. I do worry that I block the odd piece of legitimate email, but that's just as likely if I was wading though an inbox full of crap.