[QUAR] Re: [opensource] Problems with the lab access script

Brian Swaney swaney.29 at osu.edu
Tue May 8 17:14:11 EDT 2007

I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but one of my professors (actually, a
fairly nice professor) does NOT tolerate e-mails from domains other than
from the campus. That means either the base osu.edu, or
<<subject>>.ohio-state.edu. She will delete anything from a gmail,
yahoo, AOL, or whatever other account you use, regardless of the subject
or your prior requests to accept an external domain, without question. I
don't believe this to be completely isolated to her, so I use my OSU
account consistently for such reasons (I had an English instructor with
the same policy), as well as the domain actually being credible and
commonly accepted.

Either method would have involved me getting a new e-mail address, so I
chose the one with the ".edu" ending in contrast to ".com". Their spam
filters aren't that bad, especially in that you can customize them
pretty elaborately, but the ".edu" ending has its drawbacks. OSU is
apparently a bit more targeted, and has people using every trick I know
of that they tend to use (except sometimes they aren't using proxy
servers). It came to a point where I didn't know what else to do to shut
them out, so I made a whitelist of domains and addresses.

It's just a simple problem of occasionally forgetting to add a valid
exclusion, as was recently seen by everyone, but it was ultimately
resolved. You said you get 4 instances of spam per week? I started a
while ago to customize filters in AOL, and after about a month of
sorting, I got it to a point where I'd get one or two in a 2 month
period (until RealPlayer demands from Spanish classes came along, then
it got worse, but not more than 2 per week after adding a bunch of other
domains). I also only filtered out like 1 valid e-mail per month
(usually less), not counting the occasional eBay-related e-mail or some
automated thing from an organization I support.

OSU's filters allow for far more elaborate filtering than
sender/domain/string filtering like AOL, and I haven't gotten a single
spam message since then (plus Paul's was the only incident of valid
e-mail getting filtered). I still appreciate the advice, and do not
doubt the ability of Google. I just want the fancy domain to go with the
freedom from the Viagra-freaks.

-Brian Swaney

On Tue, 2007-05-08 at 15:36 -0400, Brandon Mintern wrote:
> I had a similar thought.  I guess I was just under the impression that
> spam wasn't even an issue anymore.  All you have to do is get a GMail
> account and put the address in a .forward file in your home directory in
> order to get your CSE mail forwarded there.  Then, you can go to the UNITS
> (or is it UTS?) website and get your OSU e-mail forwarded there as well.
> I get all my e-mail in one convenient place, accessible from any browser,
> with all the spam conveniently filtered out.  I get maybe 4 spams in my
> Inbox per week, and I've only ever had one e-mail incorrectly placed in Spam.
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