11/19/06 239 W - + 17 - 10 Spam

How's the Spam Factor (SF), you ask, for someone whose had his name and e-mail address plastered across the internet for years? When "mike at legeros dot com" debuted in the late 1990s, spam was rare or maybe unheard of. Mike's address was direct linked from his web pages, all of them. It also accompanied all of his USENET postings, primarily thrice-a-week movie reviews, his major pastime for several years. (For years, each week brought new questions about old movies. Now, each week brings new questions about fire engines or fire toys.)

Spam started increasing, then really increased, until a few years ago, the above address was being flooded. Dozens of messages on a daily basis. Filtering was tried but finally abandoned in favor of an all new address, "mikey at legeros dot com." Direct links to the new address were removed and a web page created that spelled the thing in text. Until a year or so ago, an automatic reply to anyone sending mail to the old address. This was itself problematic, however, as Spam is often sent from valid HIJACKED addresses. Thus, Mike was adding to the problem. Presently, mail to Mike's old address just disappears. And how much junk mail is that? Hundreds of messages per HOUR.

As for the "mikey" address, spam is appearing at a rate of about a dozen messages a day. When it gets worse, Mike's address will change again.

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