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Re: st: Attachments: A Big No


From   Marcello Pagano <pagano@hsph.harvard.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Attachments: A Big No
Date   Fri, 05 Aug 2005 15:36:12 -0400

One of the reasons for not notifying you when the trap works is so as
not to acknowledge to spammers that we exist.  It seems to have
helped keep spam off the list these last ten years--watch all the spam
we are now going to receive!!

The attachments issue is related to the fact that we are running on Unix
using the blandest mail system we can think of so as to reach the maximum
number of people.

m.p.

Nick Cox wrote:

In essence, Statalist is run using majordomo software as a courtesy operation by the Harvard School of Public
Health. I know nothing of the details, but I am confident that
* if more were possible with majordomo it would already be in use.
* no one concerned has any extra time that they want to spend running Statalist; Marcello Pagano and his colleagues already put in a great deal of work, almost all behind the scenes, trouble-shooting
and so forth.
Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
Richard Williams



I'll add that my campus antivirus software added a bunch of messages like this to those messages:

WARNING! POSSIBLE VIRUS FILE ATTACHMENT RENAMED FOR YOUR PROTECTION!

followed by a couple of paragraphs of further warning. Luckily I had no idea what the answer was to that question, so it wouldn't have mattered even if I had not realized it was a legitimate message. :)

If you happen to have control of your own web page - one thing I often do is "hide" files on the web. You can then give people links if you want them to see what you are talking about.

As noted, the FAQ says "Statalist software may trap these formatted messages
or attachments without sending an error message to you." Obviously the trap does not always work - is there a way to improve this?

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