unicycling homeschoolers

John–We’re probably some of the unicycling homeschoolers that you are
referring to. Maybe it is because our kids have the time and energy to explore
their interests in depth, are encouraged to “think/act outside of the box”…
anyway, thanks for telling us about this list serve. Any hints on how not to
get all the junk (non-unicycling related) e-mail that seems to come with it?
—Tracey Sherry

Re: unicycling homeschoolers

>Any hints on how not to get all the junk (non-unicycling related) e-mail that
>seems to come with it? —Tracey Sherry

There isn’t a lot you can do about some of the spam. The mailing list is
crossposted to the usenet newsgroup rec.sport.unicycling. What gets sent to the
mailing list gets posted to the newsgroup and what gets posted to the newsgroup
gets sent to the mailing list. This means that the usenet spam also gets sent to
the mailing list. Spam in usenet is nothing new, but it does mean that it
pollutes the mailing list.

Since the mailing list is duplicated on the newsgroup it also means that the
email address that you use for the mailing list is also out on usenet. There are
automated programs that search the newsgroups harvesting email address for the
spammers. You are probably getting email spam because of this.

There are a few things you can do to prevent this. You can doctor your “from”
address and your “reply to” address in your email program. You can either make
up an address like “nomail@this.address” or you can do something like
john_childs123456@hotmail.com” and then use the sig in your message to instruct
people to remove the numbers if they want to reply to you. Also make sure not to
put your undoctored email address in the body of your message because the email
address harvesting programs can find it there too. However, using a doctored
address can make it inconvenient for others to email to you if they want to
reach you directly without going through the mailing list. For this reason I
have chosen not to doctor my address and am using a throwaway hotmail account
rather than an address that I really care about. Hotmail’s spam filters have
been able to effectively deal with the spam I get so it’s not a big deal but
it’s still inconvenient.

If the mailing list wasn’t crossposted to the newsgroup then the spam would be
much less, but the participation in the mailing list would also go way down. The
increased participation is worth the extra spam.

john_childs

>From: “Tracey W. Sherry” Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 08:47:13 -0500
>
>John–We’re probably some of the unicycling homeschoolers that you are
>referring to. Maybe it is because our kids have the time and energy to explore
>their interests in depth, are encouraged to “think/act outside of the box”…
>anyway, thanks for telling us about this list serve. Any hints on how not to
>get all the junk (non-unicycling related) e-mail that seems to come with it?
>—Tracey Sherry


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