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   Undertoad  Thursday Mar 8 01:14 PM

March 8, 2007: Artful Spamtrap



This work of one Bill Shackelford is documented at this page of his web site.

Quote:
My Spamtrap monitors an email address I created specifically to lure in spam. I do not use this email address for any other communication. I post this email address on websites and online bulletin boards that cause it to be harvested by spambots and then to start receiving spam ... When a new spam email is detected by my installation, it automatically prints it out. The printed email slides down a track into the shredder that analyzes it.



Elspode  Thursday Mar 8 01:33 PM

As an artistic statement, I love it. However, taking an electronic abomination and using it to generate more physical waste seems a bit silly. I mean, what's he going to build when he decides he doesn't like air pollution? A big smokestack?



Flint  Thursday Mar 8 01:50 PM

I love it. This reminds me of a certain debate style: a question is "created specifically to lure in" a predictable reponse, that is "detected" and "automatically" quoted, then "slides down a track into the shredder that analyzes it." The master debater has vanquished another foe!



wolf  Thursday Mar 8 02:10 PM

More pretentious crap posing as art.

How nice.



lumberjim  Thursday Mar 8 02:13 PM

cahk sukker



Emrikol  Thursday Mar 8 02:34 PM

That's why he never got my email




Flint  Thursday Mar 8 02:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Emrikol View Post
That's why he never got my email

Yes, I employ a similar system, known as "Caller ID" ...


Sundae  Thursday Mar 8 03:05 PM

I like me a master debator



barefoot serpent  Thursday Mar 8 03:30 PM

If that thing had my address it'd hafta be fed a ream every hour.



SteveDallas  Thursday Mar 8 04:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf View Post
More pretentious crap posing as art.

How nice.
I don't give a damn if it's art or not, but I like it. (If only it would "analyze" the spammers themselves.)


Sheldonrs  Thursday Mar 8 04:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent View Post
If that thing had my address it'd hafta be fed a ream every hour.
must...fight...urge...to...make..."ream every hour"...joke...





barefoot serpent  Thursday Mar 8 06:15 PM

d-ream on fella



footfootfoot  Thursday Mar 8 07:35 PM

somehow I misread the title as "Artful Supertramp" and I was thinking a bunch of the band members were now hawking shitty expressionist paintings.

somewhat of a let down.



Happy Monkey  Thursday Mar 8 07:54 PM

It reminds me of the youtube clip of Opie or Anthony "installing" Windows Vista on his shredder.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Mar 8 09:59 PM

Loading it wit a roll of toilet paper would make it perfect.
I found by transcribing the addresses of every spam email, faithfully, every day. Then forwarding them to the Federal Trade Commission's special email address (spam@uce.gov), after a few months, spam was down 90%. Can't hurt.



SPUCK  Friday Mar 9 02:24 AM

xo; Are you serious? My filter of email addresses from spam that I have methodically declared as spam is 9.8MB of just addresses!!! Can I hack this out and send it in to them?

What do they do with it?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 9 05:37 AM

Worked for me. I saw a snippet on the web somewhere, giving that email address and suggesting what I did. I have no idea what goes on at the other end, they don't acknowledge or anything. Maybe that address is attached to a machine like Bill Shackelford's.

But slowly, over months and months, the spam tapered off.
Thinking more about it, I was wrong. I was sending the whole header of each email, after removing the body, so they could possibly mine hidden(from me anyway) information. Sorry to mislead you.

Since I don't know what was going on at their end, there's no way of knowing exactly what they want. But by passing them on every day, they see frequency as well, I guess.

They might work on bulk, like having a chat with the biggest offenders.....not on the administrations donor list.
It could also just be coincidence like 24 beers in a case. But, it was strangely satisfying to do something, anything, and like a wise man once said.....can't hurt.



Elspode  Friday Mar 9 11:56 AM

My spam level dropped tremendously a couple of weeks back, for a couple of weeks, but has now returned to its usual level. Based on the nonsensical subjects and initial content, plus the fact that they are virtually *all* touting stocks lately, I surmise that they are from the same source ultimately.



Pie  Friday Mar 9 02:36 PM

I average 50-70 spams a day. I only get one or two that actually make it into my inbox, however. The rest go into a folder descriptively labeled "spam".
Spamassassin and Razor are my heros.



SteveDallas  Friday Mar 9 04:02 PM

As I mentioned in another thread, I transitioned the Dallas family email service over to Google Apps for Your Domain, primarily on the strength of the spam filtering as compared to other low-cost options.

Recently Miss Dallas commented that she didn't like it.. she preferred the older system. When I asked why, she said, "The spam filter isn't that good. There are 75 messages in my spam mailbox." At this point Mrs. Dallas and I both started laughing, and after we explained that the spam was SUPPOSED to be there, we showed her ours. (I forget how many she had, but mine is regularly over 2,000.)



monster  Friday Mar 9 09:53 PM

I get about one spam message a week. If that. And it always ends up inthe spam box.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 9 10:46 PM

Elspode, I went though a stock cycle, too. In addition to the normal penny stocks. Spampal rarely lets one through, but I've found stuff in the spam folder that I was cursing people for not sending.



SPUCK  Sunday Mar 11 07:12 AM

Most of my spam comes, I'm sure, from one @sshole. Because I will get like 35 a day with a bunch of random first names with little or no subject or the same exact subjects, often all in a row. I'd like to find this SOB.. Maybe I could cut back my 250 a day. Spam filters don't work because inevitably some business item ends up 'filtered' and I feel like an idiot not responding.



wolf  Sunday Mar 11 04:27 PM

I'm in a male enhancement and anxiety drugs trend lately.



bshack  Sunday Mar 18 01:43 PM

Clarification

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
As an artistic statement, I love it. However, taking an electronic abomination and using it to generate more physical waste seems a bit silly. I mean, what's he going to build when he decides he doesn't like air pollution? A big smokestack?
Please note that all the paper processed by Spamtrap is recycled. Please visit here for more information:

http://billshackelford.com/home/blog...0318101829_856

Thanks,

- Bill Shackelford


richlevy  Sunday Mar 18 01:50 PM

What annoys me is these 'we are confirming your free .....' offers that will not disappear. They keep on popping up in Thunderbird. I keep on using the junk button but new ones keep coming in. I keep on meaning to flag them as spam online in Comcast mail in the hopes that it's filter will be smarter, but I keep forgetting.

What I would like is a way for an e-mail client to retroactively flag a message as spam to the server.



wolf  Sunday Mar 18 02:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by bshack View Post
Please note that all the paper processed by Spamtrap is recycled. Please visit here for more information:

http://billshackelford.com/home/blog...0318101829_856
Bill, thanks for joining us here.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 18 04:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by bshack View Post
Please note that all the paper processed by Spamtrap is recycled. Please visit here for more information:

http://billshackelford.com/home/blog...0318101829_856

Thanks,

- Bill Shackelford
Hi Bill, welcome. As I understand it, this is an art installation and not a recommended method of spam disposal, right?

You state you bought two reams of recycled paper for this. I assume that will probably be all you use. Using recycled paper is commendable, but really, this installation isn't going to rape any forests.......maybe a couple limbs. Yeah, I know, every little bit helps, good habit to cultivate, set an example..... but two reams of paper wouldn't wrap 5 minutes production of chewing gum.
I'm just saying you shouldn't feel it's necessary to defend wasting paper on an art installation.


bshack  Sunday Mar 18 07:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Hi Bill, welcome. As I understand it, this is an art installation and not a recommended method of spam disposal, right?

You state you bought two reams of recycled paper for this. I assume that will probably be all you use. Using recycled paper is commendable, but really, this installation isn't going to rape any forests.......maybe a couple limbs. Yeah, I know, every little bit helps, good habit to cultivate, set an example..... but two reams of paper wouldn't wrap 5 minutes production of chewing gum.
I'm just saying you shouldn't feel it's necessary to defend wasting paper on an art installation.
It is an installation about the concept of a spamtrap email address... I don't recommend your company's IT department implement one of these machines in your office

I felt it important to mention the recycled paper because the appearance of wasting paper seems to clash with the rest of my body of work. I have heard this from several different people. I felt it necessary to explain my views and how everything I have made ties into it. People might not agree with what I think but at least they will know I am being consistent.

Thanks!

- Bill Shackelford


Undertoad  Sunday Mar 18 07:42 PM

Quote:
It is an installation about the concept of a spamtrap email address... I don't recommend your company's IT department implement one of these machines in your office
We don't have to, because you have given life to the concept. IotD often lives on the edge of what is art, and we discuss it often. I say this is art because it has given life to the concept.

Everybody talks about spam in very emotional terms. It's a rich motherlode for artistic interpretation, and good work by you, Bill, to mine it!


bshack  Sunday Mar 18 08:31 PM

Thanks Undertoad



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 18 10:44 PM

Hey, you can still recycle the shredded paper.



Flint  Monday Mar 19 04:57 PM

How often does an IotD subject end up joining The Cellar? Welcome, bshack. I love your Spamtrap.



glatt  Monday Mar 19 05:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint View Post
How often does an IotD subject end up joining The Cellar?
Well, let's see, there was that picture of the cow (or horse) with the long tongue. And then there was this guy. The sex book guy doesn't count, 'cause that wasn't IotD. I'm sure there were more, but can't think of them right now.


wolf  Tuesday Mar 20 02:41 AM

Wasn't there someone that was related to the hanger foam deal, too?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Mar 20 10:08 PM

Yup, there's been a few.



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