That is a good idea, but how long will it take for spammers to start
forging valid addresses? I was very surprised to get an email last
month from a list owner telling me that my "submission" had been
rejected because I wasn't a subscriber. My purported message was
attached, and it was porn spam sent out under my name. If spammers are
now forging addresses, it won't take them long to associate particular
forged addresses with particular mailing lists.
But even if white-listing doesn't work in the long run, it will provide
some immediate relief.
About the changing-address problem, where you might be firstname.lastname@example.org
one week and email@example.com the next: some mail list programs are set
up to ignore everything before the second-level name, so that
def.xyz.com, qrs.xyz.com, and xyz.com are all treated identically. That
wouldn't help if your address went from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com, but
we can't solve every problem at once. I have no problem with interim
solutions as long as they don't eliminate other future, better,
Manager, Technical Development
METRICS Department, First Health
West Sacramento, California USA
>>> "Mark Moran" <mark.k.moran@CENSUS.GOV> 10/16/2002 8:51 AM >>>
> For example, LISTSERV does allow a list to be configured so that
subscribers' posts go > through automatically while others are screened
Howard's suggestion makes a lot of sense to me!