Re: Almost Amazing!
> % How about this: set up an
> % that says, "I'm sorry, your message
> % been trapped by my spam filter. If
> % is a legitimate email message, please
> % put the word PASSWORD in the subject.
> % I guarantee that spammers are not
> % to bother putting your password in
> % subject.
> Won't work well --- if at all --- for
> * Mailing lists
> * automated mailings (freshmeat's new
> version mailings, most buying over the
> internet stuff, Bounces, etc.)
> * people who don't like jumping through
> hoops to get mail through (unfortunately
> these are usually the people who give
> * Senders where the anti-spam system
> fires such a message right back to you
> --- you can get a nice mail flood if
> that goes over a mailing list. For 3
> parties you'll get a very very
> impressive snowball effect! (Can you
> say 'complete meltdown'?)
> * If a mailing list rewrites the header
> enough (reply-to munging comes to mind)
> you could even start answering your own
> "put PASSWORD in subject line" for all
> the mailing list to see. Fun (and that
> has happened with vacation mails before,
> at 100 mails/h)!
> You will have to decide yourself if
> these restrictions and dangers are
> acceptable to you, your mailing list
> reputation and your environment; you
> also have to think about how to avoid
> vicious circles as outlines above.
> Dropping mails you'll always risk
> dropping information, if that risk is
> acceptable to you, go ahead.
Most of what you are asking for can be resolved
using the user_prefs file. You can find a free
Windows utility for creating and editing user_prefs files here: