Reducing Spam Associated with Posting to Newsgroups

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by Microsoft Communities Team [MSFT], Oct 14, 2003.

  1. Due to a recent increase in spam sent to posters in newsgroups, Microsoft advises that newsgroup participants should consider avoiding posting to newsgroups using their real email address. Microsoft is also committed to continuing to address the issue of spam from a technological perspective.

    To help avoid receiving unwanted messages (spam) in your regular e-mail account, you may not want to include your regular e-mail address when you post a question or reply to a post in a discussion group. Instead you may want to do one of the following:

    * Use a modified e-mail address: Use a different version of your e-mail address that others will understand, but that spam tools can't automatically pick up. For example, if your actual e-mail address is "", consider using a modified e-mail address such as: "emailnameaccount.com.invalid", emailname@REMOVE_CAPS_AND_INVALIDaccount.com.invalid, or _SPAM. In this case, the spam tools will send mail to an invalid e-mail address, and others will know to exclude the "(removethis)" when they send you e-mail. When you post a question or reply to a discussion group, just enter your modified e-mail address in the appropriate box.

    * Use a secondary e-mail account: Set up or use an e-mail account, such as a Hotmail account, that is separate from your primary account for posting to discussion groups. When you post a question or reply to a discussion group, use your Hotmail account as your e-mail address.

    If you have feedback or questions about this, please post a reply in the newsgroup, or contact us at http://register.microsoft.com/contactus30/contactus.asp?domain=communities

    Thanks!
    Microsoft Communities Team
     
    Microsoft Communities Team [MSFT], Oct 14, 2003
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  2. Use these words in a sentence:
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    "Microsoft Communities Team [MSFT]" <> wrote in
    message news:...
    > Due to a recent increase in spam sent to posters in newsgroups, Microsoft

    advises that newsgroup participants should consider avoiding posting to
    newsgroups using their real email address. Microsoft is also committed to
    continuing to address the issue of spam from a technological perspective.
    >
    > To help avoid receiving unwanted messages (spam) in your regular e-mail

    account, you may not want to include your regular e-mail address when you
    post a question or reply to a post in a discussion group. Instead you may
    want to do one of the following:
    >
    > * Use a modified e-mail address: Use a different version of your e-mail

    address that others will understand, but that spam tools can't automatically
    pick up. For example, if your actual e-mail address is
    "", consider using a modified e-mail address such as:
    "emailnameaccount.com.invalid",
    emailname@REMOVE_CAPS_AND_INVALIDaccount.com.invalid, or
    _SPAM. In this case, the spam tools will send mail
    to an invalid e-mail address, and others will know to exclude the
    "(removethis)" when they send you e-mail. When you post a question or reply
    to a discussion group, just enter your modified e-mail address in the
    appropriate box.
    >
    > * Use a secondary e-mail account: Set up or use an e-mail account, such as

    a Hotmail account, that is separate from your primary account for posting to
    discussion groups. When you post a question or reply to a discussion group,
    use your Hotmail account as your e-mail address.
    >
    > If you have feedback or questions about this, please post a reply in the

    newsgroup, or contact us at
    http://register.microsoft.com/contactus30/contactus.asp?domain=communities
    >
    > Thanks!
    > Microsoft Communities Team
    >
     
    Brendon Rogers, Oct 14, 2003
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  3. Microsoft Communities Team [MSFT] wrote:
    >
    > * Use a secondary e-mail account: Set up or use an e-mail account,
    > such as a Hotmail account, that is separate from your primary account
    > for posting to discussion groups. When you post a question or reply
    > to a discussion group, use your Hotmail account as your e-mail
    > address.


    Am I the only one who finds it ironic that (supposedly) Microsoft recommends
    using Hotmail for a throw-away e-mail account?

    The only problem (for me) with this suggestion is that if someone did want
    to reply privately to a NG posting, and you use a throw-away account, you'll
    never get that message, and the sender won't know that.

    --
    Fris "This is Swen, please leave your e-mail at the beep" bee® MCNGP #13

    http://www.mcngp.tk
    The MCNGP Team - We're here to help
     
    =?Windows-1252?Q?Frisbee=AE_MCNGP?=, Oct 15, 2003
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  4. Microsoft Communities Team [MSFT]

    Brian Guest

    Brian, Oct 15, 2003
    #4
  5. Okay, you said we could reply in the group so I will. Your instructions on your web site for posting to the group say you can change the first part of your email address. This is not a good idea as the spam still gets out there and your ISP has to deal with it. I pasted this from the "more about email and privacy" instructions on their web site:

    "Use a modified e-mail address Use a different version of your e-mail address that others will understand, but that spam tools can't automatically pick up. For example, if your actual e-mail address is , use emailname(removethis)@account.com as your modified e-mail address. In this case, the spam tools will send mail to an invalid e-mail address, and others will know to exclude the (removethis) when they send you e-mail. When you post a question or reply to a discussion group, select the Show it option under Your e-mail address in the New thread or Reply form, then enter your modified e-mail address in the Show it box."
     
    =?Utf-8?B?c3VteXVuZ3V5?=, Oct 15, 2003
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    Consultant Guest

    is your brother creamof


    "sumyunguy" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Okay, you said we could reply in the group so I will. Your instructions on

    your web site for posting to the group say you can change the first part of
    your email address. This is not a good idea as the spam still gets out there
    and your ISP has to deal with it. I pasted this from the "more about email
    and privacy" instructions on their web site:
    >
    > "Use a modified e-mail address Use a different version of your e-mail

    address that others will understand, but that spam tools can't automatically
    pick up. For example, if your actual e-mail address is
    , use emailname(removethis)@account.com as your
    modified e-mail address. In this case, the spam tools will send mail to an
    invalid e-mail address, and others will know to exclude the (removethis)
    when they send you e-mail. When you post a question or reply to a discussion
    group, select the Show it option under Your e-mail address in the New thread
    or Reply form, then enter your modified e-mail address in the Show it box."
    >
    >
     
    Consultant, Oct 15, 2003
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  7. Microsoft Communities Team [MSFT]

    KLXrider Guest

    his father was cumof

    On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 13:51:21 -0700, "Consultant"
    <> wrote:

    >is your brother creamof
    >
    >
    >"sumyunguy" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> Okay, you said we could reply in the group so I will. Your instructions on

    >your web site for posting to the group say you can change the first part of
    >your email address. This is not a good idea as the spam still gets out there
    >and your ISP has to deal with it. I pasted this from the "more about email
    >and privacy" instructions on their web site:
    >>
    >> "Use a modified e-mail address Use a different version of your e-mail

    >address that others will understand, but that spam tools can't automatically
    >pick up. For example, if your actual e-mail address is
    >, use emailname(removethis)@account.com as your
    >modified e-mail address. In this case, the spam tools will send mail to an
    >invalid e-mail address, and others will know to exclude the (removethis)
    >when they send you e-mail. When you post a question or reply to a discussion
    >group, select the Show it option under Your e-mail address in the New thread
    >or Reply form, then enter your modified e-mail address in the Show it box."
    >>
    >>

    >



    KLXrider, MCNGP #18
     
    KLXrider, Oct 15, 2003
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