No Surprise: MozillaZine Readers Don't Like Spam
Monday December 16th, 2002
For our last poll, we asked you to name your favourite recent enhancement to Mail & Newsgroups. A whopping 49% of the 1,109 of you that responded chose Bayesian spam filtering. 10% of you prefer the ability to run filters after the fact while 4% selected filters that perform multiple actions. The ability to filter by 'Sender is in my address book' also received 4% of the vote and message views finished with 3%. Both newsgroup filters and support for the OR operator in Quick Search got 2% each, with newsgroup filters just coming out ahead. Finally, 22% of you prefer to read your mail with telnet to port 110.
Christmas is coming and many of you will be spending time with your families. For some of you, this will involve talking to slightly eccentric relatives over dinner when we know that you'd much rather be discussing the intricacies of scheduling page reflows or parsing mbox files. Therefore, we'd like to know, hypothetically, which Mozilla developer you would like to have round for Christmas dinner. Without asking their permission, we've randomly selected ten developers to take part in our poll. You can choose from Chris Blizzard, Stuart Parmenter, Asa Dotzler, Ben Goodger, Ian Hickson, David Hyatt, Ian Oeschger, Blake Ross, Mike Shaver and Seth Spitzer.
Select carefully and keep an eye on the latest results. And remember, it's not a popularity contest, it's just lunch.
Disclaimer: MozillaZine cannot be held responsible if any of the named developers actually turn up on Christmas Day.
#6 Filtering Spam: It falls on the user
Tuesday December 17th, 2002 10:39 PM
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Yes, it's true. If somebody doesn't take the time to create rules to instruct their e-mail program what to do when messages arrive in their Inbox (i.e. Delete, Go to a certain folder), then whatever's out there, no matter how "good" it's supposed to be, won't mean jack you-know-what. An example? Updating the virus definitions in your anti-virus program on a regular basis. The vast majority of people that get infected, and infect others, get screwed over simply because they don't do it. Hell, some don't even have their anti-virus program on at all (I wonder who they are?) Technology making all of this easier to do is one thing. But, again, the individual has to want to use it.