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  • by ziggy (25) on 2002.03.07 15:46 (#5597) Journal
    I've seen a system just like this before. I forget who was using it, but the automagic reply (with confirmation via email or the web) was quite obnoxious. Shunting unvalidated email into a holding tank has the advantage that you don't blindly send email to people or things that are trying to correspond with you (and repeat the problems we saw last week).

    The more I think about it, the more I'm warming up to some sort of bot managing my incoming email. (I remember one night pointing out the most obvious of flaws on the Bill Gates Personal Wealth clock; so I sent mail to Philip Greenspun at 2am, and got an immediate and quite terse response. That was almost certainly emacs replying, not Philip.)

    One of the advantages of a bot manager is that I'd get all sorts of interesting stats about my inbox -- like the amount of SPAM per month, list traffic per list, etc.