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    Re: Missing messages (for Dan Hogan, etc.)
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2006 Feb 9, 13:21 -0800

    George Huxtable wrote:
    >
    > How can we deal with this? First, is it really a genuine problem, affecting many Nav-L members?
    
    For the last couple days I've retained all my email instead of dumping
    the trash daily. This morning I compared the messages in the Nav-L
    archive to the approximately 18 that I have retained. Only one email in
    the archive definitely seems to be missing from my system. It's this one
    from Dan Hogan:
    
    http://www.i-DEADLINK-com/lists/navigation/0602/0076.html
    
    
    > It seems that those damned spammers are destroying the usefulness of emails. Must they win?
    
    Because of increasing spam, in April 2003 I completely overhauled my
    email setup. The first thing I did was discard my old address and
    replace it with several:
    
    1. Private address.
    
    2. Business address.
    
    3. Mailing list address. This is the one I use for Nav-L. It's fairly
    protected since the web archive hides addresses.
    
    4. Usenet address. This one is exposed to the spambots that harvest
    addresses from discussion groups, so it's "munged". That is, instead of
    @earthlink.net, the domain appears as @earINVALIDthlink.net in my
    postings. A human who wants to reply privately can easily remove the
    INVALID, but few spambots are smart enough to figure out the trick.
    
    My ISP lets me choose my username (the part of the address before the
    @), so in all my addresses it's a rather long random alphanumeric. This
    defeats brute force guessing attacks from spammers. Since we normally
    handle addresses with mouse clicks instead of typing them by hand, a
    long random one is no trouble.
    
    I have to admit that it was a hassle to switch my email to multiple new
    addresses, but that was just a one-time hit. Every day I get repaid for
    that effort. It's getting on 3 years now, and not one spam has ever
    reached my private address. The others get a only trickle of spam,
    insignificant compared to the legitimate traffic. I use no spam
    filtering at all.
    
    
    Lu Abel wrote:
    > Gentlemen (and especially our esteemed site master):
    >
    > Most other lists I belong to preface the subject line with the list name
    > in square brackets.  Thus, for example, the above subject line would
    > look like " [Nav-L] Re: Missing messages (for Dan Hogan, etc) "
    
    You can get the Nav-L messages that way. Send an email to the list
    server (NOT the list!) with this in the message body:
    
    SET Navigation-L Command
    
    
    

       
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