Un-named Observers

To: birding aus <>
Subject: Un-named Observers
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 00:20:17 +1100
Hi everyone

There have been some thoughtful comments on this topic. I still hold to the principle that anyone contributing to this forum should use their real name - if that's a first name and initial, so be it. In time, we'll learn who Fred A. is and what he usually writes about, or that Jenny Z. usually has something interesting to report. Yes, the open archives do expose authors to spam, and it's something that I'll follow up with Andrew T. (!) who maintains the archive.

As long as contributors keep their phone numbers and home addresses out of birding-aus messages, the only threat to privacy will be the risk of having your email address added to spam-mail lists. You can deal with spam in many different ways - just deleting it is effective enough but most ISPs and mail programs now have sophisticated tools for filtering and/or blocking spam. I have several email addresses, on different systems - some attract a lot of spam, some none at all. Most of the spam I see is in the form of messages bounced from Birding-Aus: messages trapped by my filters, or more often, messages refused by Vicnet because they've failed the "spam rules" of some very sophisticated software.

I've recently started using a Gmail (Google Mail) account, and this hasn't had any spam yet - and it has a superb system of organising messages by topic. I'd recommend gmail as the best of the free webmail systems.

So please continue to use your real name - even if it's just a part of it - and of course try to keep your messages more on-topic than this one!!



Russell Woodford
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