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6 July 2004

Spam statistics

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I’ve run very crude statistics on the amount of spam I’m getting and filtering in the past 6 months:

  • I’m getting between 500 and 600 messages a day
  • among those, around 400 are spam
  • among them, the vast majority (~90%) is simply trashed, relying on SpamAssassin – I basically direct all messages with a SA score greater than 12 to /dev/null
  • on the remaining 10%, 90 to 95% are put in a distinct mailbox (cleverly labeled spam)
  • … which leaves me with about 3 spams in my inbox per day, which is quite manageable

PGP based white-list

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I’ve published last week the set up I’m using to white list my incoming mails based on a PGP; although I had been using PGP until now mostly to separate clearly messages that one can trust come from me from forgeries (and let’s admit it, also to get the feeling of doing the right thing), I’m starting to see even more direct benefits from it.

For instance, my also recently published bot to automatically approve messages sent by me to W3C list archives shows that being able to tell that a message comes from my can also be useful … for myself!

Regression testing for a User Interface in a Web application

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A good part of my work is targetted at developing tools for W3C day to day operations; the most recent ones have been WBS, an application allowing to create and edit questionnaires, to answer them and to collect and present their results, and IPP (standing for Implementation of the Patent Policy), a set of tools to make the application of W3C Patent Policy smoother for everybody.

As I’m more or less convinced of the benefits of having a test suite for any code I write – hey, remember, I’m supposed to lead the Quality Assurance effort at W3C -, I’ve tried to add tests for most of my code as I write it; one part of the code remains pretty much untested, though: the User Interface.

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.