Spam and sieve vacation
list at joreybump.com
Fri Aug 24 07:47:28 EDT 2007
Janne Peltonen wrote:
> The policy in our university has long been to discourage using auto
> responders (two of the main reasons being, we don't want to end up
> forwarding spam to innocent third parties, and neither want to
> automatically confirm to a spammer that an address works - auto-answers
> to lists and other traditional pitfalls are more easy to avoid). So we
> don't support sieve vacation, either.
> Now I'd like to ask the people on this list about their experiences
> using the sieve vacation module. The risks of automatically
> responding to spam / automatically forwarding spam / ending up in
> sorceror's apprentice mode / ending up having our mail servers
> blacklisted as spam relays - would they be acceptably low?
The risks are dependent on how effective your antispam measures are. If
you find that your institution is still delivering a high amount of spam
to user inboxes, it might be wise to continue the ban on autoreponders.
If you don't get much spam, sieve vacation is suitable. Providing a
usable frontend for ordinary users is the real challenge.
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