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Golf

Jan 1, 1970
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I am close to closing my door to this group. Why? It seems that in the
last several months it has been infested with garbage (big tits, nike
shoes, etc.). Looking at things now, I have to assume there is no hope
in recovery, or something would have been done by now. Maybe nothing
can be done. Can't a filter be applied to anyone wanting to post
something here? A filter that looks for key words in the subject or
message that can reject non electronic repair stuff? This can't be
difficult or impossible. Maybe make it more difficult to subscribe -
24 hour waiting period to confirm user (email address and phone number
- yes be contacted). I wouldn't mind this if my motive was for the
right reason. Relpies welcome.
 
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Ken G.

Jan 1, 1970
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I dont see that much spam here . There are other reasons you want to
leave .
 
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Leonard Caillouet

Jan 1, 1970
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If it bothers you then why not subscribe to a techs only forum or listserve.
There are many that are not plagued by the spam, though they are often
plagued by chatty techs who can't keep focused on fixing things.

Leonard
 
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Arfa Daily

Jan 1, 1970
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Golf said:
I am close to closing my door to this group. Why? It seems that in the
last several months it has been infested with garbage (big tits, nike
shoes, etc.). Looking at things now, I have to assume there is no hope
in recovery, or something would have been done by now. Maybe nothing
can be done. Can't a filter be applied to anyone wanting to post
something here? A filter that looks for key words in the subject or
message that can reject non electronic repair stuff? This can't be
difficult or impossible. Maybe make it more difficult to subscribe -
24 hour waiting period to confirm user (email address and phone number
- yes be contacted). I wouldn't mind this if my motive was for the
right reason. Relpies welcome.

All the same people are still here, ignoring all the spam, as you should.
It'll calm down again I expect, like it usually does ...

Legitimate requests for help are still being answered, as they always have
been, or are you somehow missing that ? This is not a moderated internet
forum. It is a Usenet newsgroup. No one has to 'subscribe' to it in that
way. This is just a word that your newsgroup reader client uses to indicate
that it is on your 'favorites' list of groups, with a direct shortcut. The
spam is produced by bots, not people, and there's not a lot that can be done
to circumvent it really.

Arfa
 
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James Sweet

Jan 1, 1970
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Golf said:
I am close to closing my door to this group. Why? It seems that in the
last several months it has been infested with garbage (big tits, nike
shoes, etc.). Looking at things now, I have to assume there is no hope
in recovery, or something would have been done by now. Maybe nothing
can be done. Can't a filter be applied to anyone wanting to post
something here? A filter that looks for key words in the subject or
message that can reject non electronic repair stuff? This can't be
difficult or impossible. Maybe make it more difficult to subscribe -
24 hour waiting period to confirm user (email address and phone number
- yes be contacted). I wouldn't mind this if my motive was for the
right reason. Relpies welcome.

This is the usenet, you have to do the filtering on your end. I agree the
spam is irritating, but it's pretty easy to identify it at a glance and
ignore it, or set up a filter in your newsreader. I normally sort by name
and read the posts by people I recognize first, then scroll through the
other posts to see if anything catches my eye that I happen to be
knowledgeable about, the junk just gets ignored.
 
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Eeyore

Jan 1, 1970
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Golf said:
I am close to closing my door to this group. Why? It seems that in the
last several months it has been infested with garbage (big tits, nike
shoes, etc.).

No more than any other group. And there's not really that much of it either.

Graham
 
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JeffM

Jan 1, 1970
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Arfa said:
It'll calm down again I expect, like it usually does ...
If you exclude Google, the providers have it under control
--no different than historic levels.

OTOH, try this: Send a complaint to [email protected] google.com
mailto:[email protected] and read the response.
Their attitude is **We're studying the problem;
we don't approach this on an individual-user level**.
(Read: Our business model is based on filtering data
--but we won't filter out spammers)
and it's obvious when you look at the surging tide from Google.
The spam is produced by bots, not people,
Disagree strongly. Most of it is humans at keyboards.
A lot of it is from China, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
If these were sophisticated efforts,
there would be more cross-posting along with the multi-posting.
The Marlboro ads are obviously bots, but I can't remember
an obvious botnet spew for quite a while before that.
and there's not a lot that can be done to circumvent it really.
Make reports to the spammers' ISPs.

Google really should step up--but they won't.
Maybe if we all keep a thought about
the vice president in charge of Google Groups having a stroke,
he will and will get replaced by a guy who is like a pit bull WRT
spam.
I'm not holding my breath.
 
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Meat Plow

Jan 1, 1970
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I am close to closing my door to this group. Why? It seems that in the
last several months it has been infested with garbage (big tits, nike
shoes, etc.). Looking at things now, I have to assume there is no hope
in recovery, or something would have been done by now. Maybe nothing
can be done. Can't a filter be applied to anyone wanting to post
something here? A filter that looks for key words in the subject or
message that can reject non electronic repair stuff? This can't be
difficult or impossible. Maybe make it more difficult to subscribe -
24 hour waiting period to confirm user (email address and phone number
- yes be contacted). I wouldn't mind this if my motive was for the
right reason. Relpies welcome.

Newsfeed servers do filter with things like Cleanfeed but it doesn't work
well. You could filter on your end if you would use a real news reader
instead of google.
 
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JeffM

Jan 1, 1970
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JeffM said:
[Blockquoted post conveniently butched as to cut out the meat]
OTOH, try this: Send a complaint to [email protected] google.com
mailto:[email protected]
[More conveniently butchery]
Google really should step up--but they won't.
Dave said:
I think you have a fundamental misconception of newsgroups.
You obviously have a fundamental misconception of Google Groups.
This is USENET, _NOT_ GOOGLE!
Duh.

Google has _NOTHING_ to do with usenet
Clueless. Since they bought the archive from Deja,
Google is the big problem with Usenet .
other than to provide a vehicle for archival retrieval of previous posts.
Dave S.
Yup. Clueless. *Anyone* with a legit email address
(even a throw-away account) can sign up for a Google account.
In fact, you can use THAT SAME ADDRESS
to sign up for A BAZILLION Google accounts.
Once you have an account, you can ***POST*** to Usenet
thru their "Google Groups" Web-based Usenet interface (portal).

As I stated (and you snipped):
::If you exclude Google, the providers have [Usenet spam] under
control
::--no different than historic levels.
::
By my count, 98% of the spam is coming from Google Groups.
Google, when (and IF) they do cancel accounts,
only cancel a SINGLE account
--NOT **all** of the acounts made using the same email address.
It's like pissing in the sea.

If Google Groups had a pit bull running their anti-spam effort
--instead of a toothless teacup poodle,
Usenet spam levels would plummet.

....and, as I previously noted,
Google's business model is based on **classifying data**.
It's not like they couldn't do the proper filtering
using RBLs and direct reports
--but their PROFIT MOTIVE is distorting their ethics.
That's what happens when you let a whore run the operation.
 
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John E.

Jan 1, 1970
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I am close to closing my door to this group. Why? It seems that in the
last several months it has been infested with garbage (big tits, nike
shoes, etc.).

You're posting via Google using a web browser. Get a real news reader program
and start invoking filters to screen out what you don't want to see.
 
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Michael A. Terrell

Jan 1, 1970
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Golf said:
I am close to closing my door to this group. Why? It seems that in the
last several months it has been infested with garbage (big tits, nike
shoes, etc.). Looking at things now, I have to assume there is no hope
in recovery, or something would have been done by now. Maybe nothing
can be done. Can't a filter be applied to anyone wanting to post
something here? A filter that looks for key words in the subject or
message that can reject non electronic repair stuff? This can't be
difficult or impossible. Maybe make it more difficult to subscribe -
24 hour waiting period to confirm user (email address and phone number
- yes be contacted). I wouldn't mind this if my motive was for the
right reason. Relpies welcome.


Get a real news server that filters out most of the crap. Google
groups is crap. What do you expect from a 'free' service'?



--
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
prove it.
Member of DAV #85.

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida
 
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Golf

Jan 1, 1970
0
All the same people are still here, ignoring all the spam, as you should.
It'll calm down again I expect, like it usually does ...

Legitimate requests for help are still being answered, as they always have
been, or are you somehow missing that ? This is not a moderated internet
forum. It is a Usenet newsgroup. No one has to 'subscribe' to it in that
way. This is just a word that your newsgroup reader client uses to indicate
that it is on your 'favorites' list of groups, with a direct shortcut. The
spam is produced by bots, not people, and there's not a lot that can be done
to circumvent it really.

Arfa

I am still getting the electronic related stuff, but only having been
visiting this site for a year or two, I have never seen this much
"spam". It's like a flood gate that started leaking and busted wide
open. I don't respond to the "spam" by the way. Thanks for responding.
 
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Golf

Jan 1, 1970
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If it bothers you then why not subscribe to a techs only forum or listserve.
There are many that are not plagued by the spam, though they are often
plagued by chatty techs who can't keep focused on fixing things.

Leonard
I am looking, but I really enjoy the advice, support, and knowledge of
most of the folks here. Thanks for responding.
 
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Golf

Jan 1, 1970
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This is the usenet, you have to do the filtering on your end. I agree the
spam is irritating, but it's pretty easy to identify it at a glance and
ignore it, or set up a filter in your newsreader. I normally sort by name
and read the posts by people I recognize first, then scroll through the
other posts to see if anything catches my eye that I happen to be
knowledgeable about, the junk just gets ignored.

I will look into the filtering. If it's that simple I shouldn't have
any problem and this sounds like a reasonable thing to do. Thanks for
responding.
 
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Golf

Jan 1, 1970
0
No more than any other group. And there's not really that much of it either.

Graham

I guess it depends on what your comparing it with? Thanks for
responding.
 
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Golf

Jan 1, 1970
0
If you exclude Google, the providers have it under control
--no different than historic levels.

OTOH, try this: Send a complaint to [email protected] google.com
mailto:[email protected] and read the response.
Their attitude is **We're studying the problem;
we don't approach this on an individual-user level**.
(Read: Our business model is based on filtering data
--but we won't filter out spammers)
and it's obvious when you look at the surging tide from Google.


Disagree strongly. Most of it is humans at keyboards.
A lot of it is from China, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
If these were sophisticated efforts,
there would be more cross-posting along with the multi-posting.
The Marlboro ads are obviously bots, but I can't remember
an obvious botnet spew for quite a while before that.


Make reports to the spammers' ISPs.

Google really should step up--but they won't.
Maybe if we all keep a thought about
the vice president in charge of Google Groups having a stroke,
he will and will get replaced by a guy who is like a pit bull WRT
spam.
I'm not holding my breath.

I'm not familiar with some of the lingo, but I think you feel my pain.
Thanks for responding.
 
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Golf

Jan 1, 1970
0
You're posting via Google using a web browser. Get a real news reader program
and start invoking filters to screen out what you don't want to see.

OK, I'm getting the picture now. I will research "news readers" and
see what happens. Great if this works. Thanks for the response.
 
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Arfa Daily

Jan 1, 1970
0
Golf said:
OK, I'm getting the picture now. I will research "news readers" and
see what happens. Great if this works. Thanks for the response.

Try "X-News". It has good filtering capabilities.

Arfa
 
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JeffM

Jan 1, 1970
0
Golf said:
OK, I'm getting the picture now.
Dave Spear, in this thread, was under the assumption
that I didn't know what Usenet is.
Here is what we are up against
with regard to Google Groups and Usenet:
http://www.google.com/search?q=cach...-*-*-*-*-*+*-*-policed&strip=1#Web_interfaces
I will research "news readers" and see what happens.
Here's a once-over-lightly.
http://www.google.com/search?q=cach...er+501+Combination+501+501+501+Cross-platform

A lot of folks who run Windoze like Forte Agent (payware).
Gravity (free, open source) also has a lot of fans.

It appears you are using an older version of Mozilla Suite.
To get maximum usability out of the suite
(including the updates WRT reading groups),
you could upgrade to SeaMonkey and continue using familiar software.
..
..
You will also need a provider. Many ISPs' Usenet access sucks.
Here's a recent thread on some Usenet providers that don't suck:
http://groups.google.com/group/sci....up-fast+supernews+qq-qq+uu+the.price.is.right
 

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