overbearing spam filters

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Bruce Sinclair, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. In article <>, "Dave - Dave.net.nz" <> wrote:
    >Anyone got any overbearing spam/"forward this to all your friends"
    >filters that could be fun to add.
    >
    >after discovering that a person who works here, sent from home, to
    >pretty much each mailbox(individually), a "forward this it's being
    >tracked" "kid with leukemia" email... it's driving me nuts.
    >
    >it got filtered, but it makes me want to be an email nazi, and block
    >everything thats not work related.


    Best of luck working out what that is. You do have a policy, right ? :)

    >Someone other than me must suffer, and I figure, why not make it the users.


    :)
    If you think you have it bad, we can't even filter out "sex" "feces" "urine"
    and many other "theoretically objectionable" words ... cos that's part of
    what we do :)




    Bruce


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    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
    - George Bernard Shaw
    Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
    - Ambrose Bierce

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    Bruce Sinclair, Jun 13, 2005
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  2. In article <>, "Dave - Dave.net.nz" <> wrote:
    >Bruce Sinclair wrote:
    >>>it got filtered, but it makes me want to be an email nazi, and block
    >>>everything thats not work related.

    >
    >> Best of luck working out what that is. You do have a policy, right ? :)

    >
    >yeah we do, but well, no-one actually enforces it, managers get
    >informed, access gets revoked, someone complains to someone above IT,
    >and access gets re-instated, and nothing changes.


    Try firing someone ... that usually focuses the mind. If it aint the guy
    doing it, try the manager responsible for not enforcing the company policy
    :)

    >>>Someone other than me must suffer, and I figure, why not make it the users.

    >
    >> :)


    >> If you think you have it bad, we can't even filter out "sex" "feces" "urine"
    >> and many other "theoretically objectionable" words ... cos that's part of
    >> what we do :)


    >yeah, same here, we have to be very careful what we block, we got told
    >off when we made a 20Mbyte(!!!) email attachment limit on outgoing
    >message, and yet that was deemed to be "a bit harsh"


    20 MB ? ... i'd be more than happy to block anything over 100k (in or out)
    ... you can bet it's just laziness on the part of the sender :)
    Email is for words ... and text is little :)
    That said, I recently found that an 8 MB word file became an 800k OO file.
    Makes you wonder :)

    >on the good side... I have yet to see a work related ".bittorrent" file.


    Indeed. Assuming this wasn't you, this is the guy you fire :) :)


    Bruce


    -------------------------------------
    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
    - George Bernard Shaw
    Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
    - Ambrose Bierce

    Caution ===== followups may have been changed to relevant groups
    (if there were any)
    Bruce Sinclair, Jun 13, 2005
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  3. In article <>, "Dave - Dave.net.nz" <> wrote:
    >Bruce Sinclair wrote:
    >>>>>it got filtered, but it makes me want to be an email nazi, and block
    >>>>>everything thats not work related.
    >>>>Best of luck working out what that is. You do have a policy, right ? :)
    >>>yeah we do, but well, no-one actually enforces it, managers get
    >>>informed, access gets revoked, someone complains to someone above IT,
    >>>and access gets re-instated, and nothing changes.

    >> Try firing someone ... that usually focuses the mind. If it aint the guy
    >> doing it, try the manager responsible for not enforcing the company policy
    >> :)

    >heh, I don't have that much clout around here... we're a govt dept(I
    >think), I'm but one of the nameless masses, "I just work here"


    As a nameless mass with a reputation for stirring, I can tell you that it
    can have an effect. Perhaps a memo to the head of HR and the CEO asking why
    company policy is not being enforced with a suggestion that it be deleted
    if it is not needed ? :)

    >>>yeah, same here, we have to be very careful what we block, we got told
    >>>off when we made a 20Mbyte(!!!) email attachment limit on outgoing
    >>>message, and yet that was deemed to be "a bit harsh"

    >> 20 MB ? ... i'd be more than happy to block anything over 100k (in or out)
    >> ... you can bet it's just laziness on the part of the sender :)
    >> Email is for words ... and text is little :)
    >> That said, I recently found that an 8 MB word file became an 800k OO file.
    >> Makes you wonder :)

    >They were Excel spreadsheets... Oo_O doesn't make them a hell of a lot
    >smaller(~18MB rather than ~25), but still smaller.


    Right. Delete the charts ... IME they are responsible for 80 % of the
    bloatware size ... and very often add nothing :)
    Doesn't anyone send a disk anymore ? ... hmm probably not :)

    >>>on the good side... I have yet to see a work related ".bittorrent" file.

    >> Indeed. Assuming this wasn't you, this is the guy you fire :) :)

    >where email_body_test=.bitorrent, forward_to:"dave" :)


    :)

    Bruce


    -------------------------------------
    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
    - George Bernard Shaw
    Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
    - Ambrose Bierce

    Caution ===== followups may have been changed to relevant groups
    (if there were any)
    Bruce Sinclair, Jun 13, 2005
    #3
  4. Anyone got any overbearing spam/"forward this to all your friends"
    filters that could be fun to add.

    after discovering that a person who works here, sent from home, to
    pretty much each mailbox(individually), a "forward this it's being
    tracked" "kid with leukemia" email... it's driving me nuts.

    it got filtered, but it makes me want to be an email nazi, and block
    everything thats not work related.

    Someone other than me must suffer, and I figure, why not make it the users.
    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Jun 13, 2005
    #4
  5. Bruce Sinclair wrote:
    >>it got filtered, but it makes me want to be an email nazi, and block
    >>everything thats not work related.


    > Best of luck working out what that is. You do have a policy, right ? :)


    yeah we do, but well, no-one actually enforces it, managers get
    informed, access gets revoked, someone complains to someone above IT,
    and access gets re-instated, and nothing changes.

    >>Someone other than me must suffer, and I figure, why not make it the users.


    > :)
    > If you think you have it bad, we can't even filter out "sex" "feces" "urine"
    > and many other "theoretically objectionable" words ... cos that's part of
    > what we do :)


    yeah, same here, we have to be very careful what we block, we got told
    off when we made a 20Mbyte(!!!) email attachment limit on outgoing
    message, and yet that was deemed to be "a bit harsh"

    on the good side... I have yet to see a work related ".bittorrent" file.
    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Jun 13, 2005
    #5
  6. Bruce Sinclair wrote:
    >>>>it got filtered, but it makes me want to be an email nazi, and block
    >>>>everything thats not work related.


    >>>Best of luck working out what that is. You do have a policy, right ? :)


    >>yeah we do, but well, no-one actually enforces it, managers get
    >>informed, access gets revoked, someone complains to someone above IT,
    >>and access gets re-instated, and nothing changes.


    > Try firing someone ... that usually focuses the mind. If it aint the guy
    > doing it, try the manager responsible for not enforcing the company policy
    > :)


    heh, I don't have that much clout around here... we're a govt dept(I
    think), I'm but one of the nameless masses, "I just work here"

    >>yeah, same here, we have to be very careful what we block, we got told
    >>off when we made a 20Mbyte(!!!) email attachment limit on outgoing
    >>message, and yet that was deemed to be "a bit harsh"


    > 20 MB ? ... i'd be more than happy to block anything over 100k (in or out)
    > ... you can bet it's just laziness on the part of the sender :)
    > Email is for words ... and text is little :)
    > That said, I recently found that an 8 MB word file became an 800k OO file.
    > Makes you wonder :)


    They were Excel spreadsheets... Oo_O doesn't make them a hell of a lot
    smaller(~18MB rather than ~25), but still smaller.

    >>on the good side... I have yet to see a work related ".bittorrent" file.


    > Indeed. Assuming this wasn't you, this is the guy you fire :) :)


    where email_body_test=.bitorrent, forward_to:"dave" :)
    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Jun 13, 2005
    #6
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