[R] Inference for R Spam

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Feb 24 15:58:21 CET 2009

>>>>> "TL" == Thomas Lumley <tlumley at u.washington.edu>
>>>>>     on Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:39:33 -0800 (PST) writes:

    TL> The same company caused a complaint about a year ago
    TL> https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2008-March/157423.html

thanks, Thomas.

    TL> The mailing company they are using (iContact.com) claims to have a tough antispam policy. So does everyone, of course.

Indeed.  Note that the 'From' (= Reply-To) address of their spam is valid;
if everyone replies (as I did) that they would never consider
their product because of their completely fraudulous spamming

(They have the infamous

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that action may help (or then may not ..).

Yes, "of course" they've probably harvested e-mails from the R
mailing lists (mirrors / repositories / ...), but at the moment,
please don't start a public discussion about the
non-appropriateness of mailing lists in the age of spam,
unless *YOU* are offering your time to provide something
"uniformly better" (i.e., for those who want, it *must* work via
e-mail exclusively, not via compulsory web-browser clicking).

Martin Maechler, 
ETH Zurich

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