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Re: [Spam] Yahoo groups spammers
said by b_p_smith:An invitation I can ignore. They are subscribing me directly. There should be an opt-in confirmation mechanism in the welcome e-mail (see 12/05/2011 message "welcome to the ... group" in my original list), and, unless I click on that link, i will not be added. Even better, there should also be a special link in the welcome message to report fraudulent subscriptions to yahoo. This could be fully automated on the yahoo side. Any group that reaches a complaint threshold could get flagged automatically.
Yeah, being able for a group owner to invite people by external e-mail address just shouldn't be permitted by Yahoo anyway.
Currently, the welcome e-mail contains the following text and link:
Because Yahoo! Groups values your privacy, it is a violation of our
service rules for moderators to add subscribers to a group against
their wishes. If you feel this has happened, please notify us:
Reporting via that link is a lengthy multi-click affair and has the Yahoo ID as required field on the last form, i.e. a dead end for me. Why can't the link encode the offending group and destination address directly in its url instead for a simple one-click action?? If they allow forced subscriptions without yahoo ID, they should not require one to report abuse! Right?
Actively unsubscribing here might not be a good idea, because it indirectly confirms the validity of the original e-mail address to the spammer.
What happens if you put a fake Yahoo ID in that last form field? You're right that requiring an ID to report abuse shouldn't be required.
Personally, I rank Yahoo just under AOL in the "don't give a rat's a** about preventing abuse" category. At least I get *some* valid Yahoo e-mail. AOL I just block entirely now.
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