email spam status

For the past few years I’ve done something silly with my email: I’ve accepted email for every address at, and then filtered them for spam before display. This means that, as far as any spammer is concerned, every email address they tried to send to was a direct hit. So there’s been a snowball effect: everything they tried worked, and those addresses stayed on their lists, and every variant they tried worked, and made it to the lists, etc.

Of course I didn’t see most of it, but it all made the trip from spammer to mail server and over fetchmail to my poor home computer, which would have spamassassin crank for 20 minutes every, oh, 25 minutes or so.

I’ve finally changed to a sane situation wich my mail server on a VPS and exim4 calling spamassassin at accept time. I’ve also set up a bunch of rules for which email addresses I accept. (Just any old string doesn’t cut it any more.)

The result: over the past 9 days I’ve rejected 209,605 emails as spam. That’s about 16.17 a minute, or a little more than one every 4 seconds.

How many have I accepted? Including false negatives, 2441, or one every 5 minutes. (I am on several high-volume mailinglists.)

That’s a S/N ratio of 1.16%!

Hopefully as time goes by, the rejections will start trimming addresses off spammers’ lists, and that will improve somewhat. Until then… at least it’s not my home computer doing the work any more.

More internet fame

omg infoq mentioned my name.

It’s a brand new blog

Managing that old Hobix blog was way more work than it should’ve been. So, I’ve started over and outsourced the work to someone else. Let’s see how it goes. [It didn’t go so well. Hence, Whisper.—ed.]

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