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Re: Massive drop in spam in network mass checks in the last two weeks

From: <Darxus_at_nospam>
Date: Sat Oct 30 2010 - 23:19:42 GMT

On 10/30, Daryl C. W. O'Shea wrote:
> I had an IBM Deathstar go on me. Although I thought it had, moving
> my mail spool and personal home directory to a RAID array never made
> it to the top of my to-do list. To make it worse, my
> backups-to-disk array failed the week before. I've never been able
> to justify a tape library for home, so I'm without any backups now.

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I've had a couple similar experiences.

> If anybody at a major data recovery firm feels like helping me out,
> I'd appreciate it. I'm on the fence right now about spending big $$
> to recover the data.

It is my experience that people *always* decide it's not worth it once they
find out how much money it actually costs. If you come up with something
different, I'd love to know.

> >Such an extreme drop has happened three times before in as many years,
> That's a pretty good record given the volunteer nature, I think.

Absolutely. I only mentioned it to point out this recent event was

> >but this is the first time it was the result of a multi-week trend,
> >and the first time it stayed so low two weeks in a row.
> That's probably a result of me having been running a city council
> election campaign in October and not having time to get mass-checks
> running again on what mail I can collect from caches.
> Unfortunately, for the SpamAssassin community, I was elected so time
> continues to be short on my end. Although I do think that I got it
> pretty much working last night so their should be results sometime
> today. I maybe having some DNS issues though, so it might be
> another week or two before I have solid results.

Congratulations :)

I guess it's just weird that the failure mode involved dropping spam and
not non-spam. You might want to mention on the ruleqa site that it's

Although it looks back to normal now.

Thanks for maintaining it.

-- "He who dies with the most toys... still dies." - No Fear