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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Suppressing email won't suppress spamming. As long as you have publicly available contact information, allowing people you don't know to leave you a message directly and cheaply, you will get spammed, no matter what the media is. The only way to cut it down is to make it expensive (in time, space, CPU or money) to send bulk messages.
    • Actually, I find slash-style moderation to be the most effective method of separating wheat from chaff. I love slash message boards far more than email for communication, for this reason. There's all kinds of spam and trolls on slashdot, but I never see them because I browse at +4.

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • For informal discussion, slash has proven to be more effective than, say, Usenet. But I mainly use email for getting work done; that involves archiving, attachments (patches), search, classification, off-line availability, etc.

        On the other hand I read lots of perl.org mailing lists via NNTP -- the ones that I don't need to archive or search carefully. NNTP newsgroups, requiring some authentication to post, would be an effective replacement to SMTP mailing lists, if the From: header is carefully replaced by some identifier not related to an actual email address. (of course this prevents from contacting directly and privately the posters, but I imagine that subscribers can make their email contact info available to trusted parties that have set up an account via some authenticated mechanism.)

        • Slash more effective than Usenet? Maybe for you, not for me. I still use Usenet every day, and I see little in the way of spam or other abuses. I find Usenet far easier to use than Slash-based websites. No doubt it depends to a large extent on the groups you read.