Spam on the list [Was: Re: [R] Urgent ...]

Martin Maechler maechler at
Mon Nov 4 11:08:49 CET 2002

>>>>> "Matej" == Matej Cepl <matej at>
>>>>>     on Sun, 3 Nov 2002 09:58:27 -0500 writes:

    Matej> On Sat, Nov 02, 2002 at 12:55:58PM +0000, BUNDI KYARI
    Matej> wrote:
    >> Dear sir,
    >> compliment of the day, I am BUNDI KYARI, The son of late
    >> General Kubwa Kyari of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Matej> Can the list be set-up so that only subscribed
    Matej> members of the list can post?

It could, but it will not in the near future, probably never.
The point of R-help is that people can ask for help without
having to go through a not entirely trivial procedure of first
subscribing to the list.

We have other ways of spam protection that work in 99.4% of the
Even if only subscribers could post, we would have to protect
from spam quite a bit, since many spams and even more viruses
are now spread by faking proper "From: ..." addresses
(that are sometimes collected from the *corresponding mailing
 list archives).

{see also my other reply on this thread}

Martin Maechler <maechler at>
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