Linux Journal: cat /dev/DiBona/brain: ASK Me Again?
Apr 15, 2004, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In my last entry, I spoke about the installation of ASK on my
mail pipeline. I received some vitriolic responses comparing me to
satan/gates/spammers/et.al. for daring to consider doing such a
thing. The entire discussion of how we in the Open Source community
treat one another (read: poorly) aside, there were some valid
points in the responses.
"That said, I did consider them before implementing ASK. ASK,
you might remember, is a challenge response system. Any challenge
response by itself fundamentally is part of the spam problem, as
much as are those auto-responses from foolish spam firewalls
telling you, the spoofed address, that you sent spam. This is why I
slid SpamBayes into the pipeline before ASK. What I wanted ASK to
do is to act as a gateway for stranger mail..."