[unisog] Anti-Spam task force/team

Ben Curran bdc1 at humboldt.edu
Thu May 8 17:57:27 GMT 2003


I'll have to agree with Gary on this one. (don't form yet another "task force"--- pretty 
please!) If it takes a "large group" to educate the user base on how to deal with 
spam, then so be it. Personally, I feel that offering training on configuring centralized 
or point-solution filtering might be the most helpful for users who feel the need, and 
that no "large groups" need exist. (At the local level) Indeed, this training might best 
be offered by very small groups. 

It must be remembered that spam is taking valuable resources in terms of bandwidth 
time and energy from otherwise profitable/academic (No pun intended) pursuits.  In 
this case, sinking large amounts of people power in terms of commitees, task forces, 
interest groups etc. etc ad nauseum only adds to the problem. 

Filter it and forget it. If I miss one message from my aunt Mary in Ohio, oh well. I'll 
survive.



On 8 May 2003 at 12:05, Thomas DuVally wrote:

> On Thu, 2003-05-08 at 11:22, Gary Flynn wrote:
> > Being a believer in committee reproduction control, I'm not
> > sure I see a need for having a group to create a "clearing
> > house for spam info".
> > 
> 
> At a largish organization, I think it would be necessary to create a
> local group to pass on and contextualize (my big word for today)
> information for the community.  The average person (student, faculty and
> staff) isn't interested in the latest release of Bayesian filtering
> tools, but does want a way to handle spam.  I think a dedicated group
> could provide that connection.
> 
> > Policy wise, the biggest thing to address is probably the
> > compromise between false positives and false negatives in
> > filtering solutions. I suspect you'll get widely varying
> > opinions on whether to err on the side of stopping SPAM
> > or getting the mail through.
> > 
> 
> Agreed, and that would be the main focus of a group.  Aid in policy
> creation by being a knowledge pool, and offer solutions to concerns
> about each side (too much, or not enough)
> 
> > I personally believe it best to leave that decision up
> > to individual users if the mail system in question allows
> > that.
> > 
> 
> I also agree with this.  We are a "tag and pass through" kinda shop,
> mostly since we are seen as a liberal university, its BAD to restrict
> any content, but we provide the tools the users can decide with.
> 
> > As far as whether it is a security problem, since security
> > involves availability of services you could certainly put
> > it there...along with everything else. :)
> 
> This is an emerging concern.  We have yet to really get a grasp on it,
> but we know it's there and don't like what it could mean.  We want to be
> sure we have both sides covered: provide the services, ensure the
> services are safe.
> 
> -- 
> TJ Du Vally
> 

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