Is it really that bad?

Well, it looks like my oldest email mailbox – the one I’ve been using for the last six years or so, is reaching the point of no return on the SPAM front. I’m getting something like 2 spam and hour into my inbox *AFTER* the mail filters. I either need better filters, or it’s getting to time to change mail addresses.

Or maybe it’s just a new roud of spam types SA and bogofilter aren’t ready for. *sigh*

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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13 Responses to Is it really that bad?

  1. measured_chaos says:

    ibiblio is ([email protected]((ing up on you too, hm?

  2. bitslapper says:

    it’s doin’ that to me, but i don’t know if has ever been on ibiblio…

    have you, k?

  3. alchemist says:

    …I don’t have an email address. *sigh* Rub it in, why don’t you?

    Although I do like how gmail seems to handle mailing lists…

  4. alchemist says:

    Nope, no ibiblio for me.

  5. kitashla says:

    I have a email address that I’ve used for years. It was my primary email address.

    It’s gotten to the point that I will get 150 spam emails a day. There are piddly little spam filters that catch maybe 6 emails a day, but it doesn’t do any good. Now, I can purchase my email account to get better spam blockers, but why in the hell would I want to do that?

    Especially since I know the company I got the address from sells our addresses to advertisers. Probably to increase the sale of their paid accounts.

    I love the email addy, but not that much.

  6. measured_chaos says:

    I <3 gmail. I was with ibiblio back when it was sunsite -> metalab -> ibiblio.

    You forget how l33t I am!! ;)

    With that said, ibiblio is suffering from massive SPAM problems. I currently have SpamAssassin on a very high setting and still get approximately 100 spam emails a day. Before, I was getting over 1000. SUCK! :|

    I have YET to get a single spam on gmail. I am really happy about that.

  7. bitslapper says:

    dinna think so…

    you’re not talking about your personal domain being the spam problem, are you? that would *really* suck… and i’m not even sure exactly how you’d go about solving it if that *is* the case, other than locking things down so tightly that your false positive rate becomes untenable…


  8. alchemist says:

    I own the domain, I own the box it’s on, and I control the filters. I probably recieve about 100 or more a day that *DO* get caught by my filters.

    That’s the most depressing part – it’s easier to just give up and change email addresses than continue to fight the spam…

  9. alchemist says:

    I *HAVE* gotten spam on gmail, but only through a list or two I’m on. It’s sreally easy to tag something as spam, and I bet the filters are really a collective. Just be sure to check the spam filter on gmail every so often!

  10. alchemist says:

    that’s pretty much where I’m at. Which sucks, but there you go. I’m gonna upgrade some of the filters on it, and see what that gets me. At least the virus defs auto-update, and the *ONE* wondows box that gets email (R’s) doesn’t see a single one. Of course, I’m using multiple virus scanners as well…

  11. labrown says:

    Hey, if you are running SpamAssassin, go to and get and setup the rules_du_jour program and have it download most of the “proven” additional rules set from SARE. After I did that my false negative rate dropped to almost nothing and I’ve only found 1 false positive in three weeks of email.

    You’ll like email again. :-)

  12. bitslapper says:

    i’d be curious to hear how the filter upgrade works… because really, you *would* like it to cover more things, but i also simultaneously wonder if any account which actually *is* active can truly be spam-free…

    thank goodness the viruscanning stuff works, though…

  13. jay says:

    I create a personal RBL with a rolling window of 5 days penalty based on 60k spam probes that I also run against DCCDNSBL. I temper this against a private lable spfilter listing at work.

    My sendmail error is to contact me at my web form on my web site :)

    Oh, and I get maybe 2 personal message every month.

    The other 14k messages I get in a given week are… 100% pure spam.

    I do no content tests currently but I can swap my MX over to our test AV-MX.COM setup. You are more than welcome to try it out for freebies (just bitch and give feedback is what we ask).

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