[Mimedefang] Indication of list poster's mail volume required?

George Roberts groberts at purity.net
Wed May 23 00:46:32 EDT 2012

I filter mail for a little under 20,000 domains.  The user numbers vary all the time, but this month's stats show about 70,000 users.  We handle about 1.5 million messages a day.




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From: mimedefang-bounces at lists.roaringpenguin.com [mailto:mimedefang-bounces at lists.roaringpenguin.com] On Behalf Of Paul Murphy
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 4:24 PM
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Subject: [Mimedefang] Indication of list poster's mail volume required?

Perhaps it is time to encourage the list subscribers to publicise how many addresses they are filtering for, and what volume of traffic they see.  That way, when someone makes a contentious statement, we know it only affects them and their dog.

For example, when someone says "I've been blocking all mail claiming to be from Hotmail with an X-Outlook-Version header and never had a false positive", it would be useful to know whether they are a national ISP with 2 million customers using a cluster of 80 MD/SA hosts, or a keen geek with a Debian system on an old 386.  One sees several million messages per day, and the other under 100.  How much weight would you put on an opinion from either of them?

In this spirit of disclosure, having started using MIMEdefang about 8 years ago in organisations of a couple of hundred staff, I now use it just for my home addresses and a couple of low volume mailing lists, so
~80 users in total of which only 2 are local.  About 500 messages per week, so I'm on the lower end.  Previously, my corporate server handled
~15000 messages per day.

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