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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..."

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