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Spamee Profiling [Dec. 6th, 2002|10:10 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
My spam filtering is almost perfect, but recently somebody sent me an MMS and it got wrongly tagged as spam because the email headers were so bare. I went to look for it and saw there were over 30,000 messages in my spam folder. The MMS didn't take long to find, but it made me more aware that spam actually existed. It had been so long.

So, I modified my spam handling scripts to put the spam in a dated folder, creating it if necessary. Now at least my spam is cleanly organized. One day I can feed it all to bogofilter for analysis, should I decide to start using that.

So now I'm curious and am just looking at the type of spam I get. I chuckled thinking there should be a spamee profiling site, where you go and answer questions like:

What is your gender?
Do you have a big penis?
Are you gay?
What languages do you speak?

If spammers had those answers, think about much spam they wouldn't have to send!

I'm so glad spam is so easy to deal with. Contrast to snail mail, which I only check once or twice a week because I hate sifting through all the junk mail to find the bills (more junk mail, as far as I'm concerned).

Maybe one day I'll snap and abandon email like Knuth, opting only to receive correspondence via snail mail. I giggle at the thought. :P

[User Picture]From: rivulet
2002-12-06 10:39 am (UTC)
You and Cory are so silly - you organize your spam, and Cory organizes his Lego sets by how many pieces and how many mini figures there are. Jeez.
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2002-12-06 12:03 pm (UTC)
Ultimately, Cory's efforts will prove more useful.
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[User Picture]From: hawk
2002-12-06 10:56 am (UTC)
You forgot:

Do you have a bank account capable of holding millions of dollars?
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[User Picture]From: eli
2002-12-06 12:03 pm (UTC)

Don't Forget

Don't forget to add the questions...

Does your large penis function appropriately?
Do you really need a fucking home loan?

I think you might have inspired me to do a market study on the spam I recieve.
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[User Picture]From: vriane
2002-12-06 12:26 pm (UTC)
Actually, Knuth's way of doing thing seems rather efficient, in my own experience: one week to answer a snail mail (by email, paradoxically enough), but he has a secretary. I think there is a long way between what he says on his website, and what he really does. On the other hand, I have had very many bad experience with email, too many people do not even bother answering it. I think this has to do with the cost of sending an email: it is too low.

About spam, there is a project I heard about in 'The Economist', where ISPs would have to pay for every spam that transits through their network (or something like that, I am not a tech guy). Spam would be reported to a central organization. I think that is a good solution: it them to the purse.
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