non-censorous spam control (was Re: Spam is Information?)

Dr.Dimitri Vulis KOTM dlv at
Sat Aug 2 08:20:29 PDT 1997

? the Platypus {aka David Formosa} <dformosa at> writes:

> On Thu, 31 Jul 1997, Adam Back wrote:

[detect multi-post]
> > That is cancel all but one groups worth of articles, and then modify
> > the Newsgroups line to cross-post to all the groups the article was
> > originally posted to.
> No that is worce,  it would be forgery of the orginal post.  In addtion it
> would violate the usenet requirement to avoid modifing the post.

In my opinion, the hnorable way to deal with multi-posts is to detect them
automatically and to ignore them. A NoCeM 'bot like the one run by the
Venerable CancelMoose is a good thing.

A compression scheme where many copies of the same text would be transmitted
only once even if they're posted once would be an excellent thing (given that
such traffic is a very substantial
portion of a full uncensored feed), but it's not crucial.


Dr.Dimitri Vulis KOTM
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