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Ideas about dealing with peer mail abuse

By jdclyde ·
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The last few peer mails I have gotten that came from someone I didn't know, I was unable to find their account to find out something about them before replying.

First, the user name of the sender of the peer should be in the title or body of the email. Instead of "Message from a TechRepublic Member" how about "Message from a TechRepublic Member XYZ"?

The second issue, and I have said this before (and been ignored everytime) is to only allow people that have peer mail enabled to send peer mail.

Third issue to avoid spam is to not allow someone to send a peer message for the first few days of their membership.

What do you think? All are in the best interests of the TR members.


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I can go with all three of those...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Ideas about dealing with ...

though I'd qualify #3 with 'six months'.

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that is because

by jdclyde In reply to I can go with all three o ...

you are meaner than i am....

a few days to a week is fine by me.

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I'd support those, although I'm a bit confused with item one as all the

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Ideas about dealing with ...

peer mails I received do have the user name in the message, even when the email address and reply to address have their real name.

The header information displayed in the message itself usually has a from and subject which shows the senders TR name and the TR subject they're discussing. Here's an example of what I'm used to seeing in the body of the message is:

One of your fellow TechRepublic members has sent you a private message:

From: jdclyde
Subject: jerry
xxxx xxxx etc.


Every peer mail I've received has been like this. And it makes me wonder if your mail client is not displaying that information due to a setting.

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His isn't the only one.....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to I'd support those, althou ...

NONE of the PM's I have received ever show the TR member' display names. It shows their email address and sometimes you can actually find them by that, if they haven't changed the display name. But, the display name itself has never shown on any of my PM's.

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That's very interesting - I wonder if it's something to do with the

by Deadly Ernest In reply to His isn't the only one... ...

mail client or the client settings as the example I showed is a straight cut and paste from a recent PM I received, all I did was xxx out the actual message.

I use Thunderbird as my mail client with the system set to display normal headers and as plain text, not html. The header section shows the senders email address, their reply to address and the title - Message from a Tech Republic member.

The body has:

One of your fellow TechRepublic members has sent you a private message:

From: jdclyde
Subject: jerry

end quote before the actual text of the message involved.

I've numerous TR PMs and they all are the same format. I'm surprised you don't get them the same. Maybe I'm specially blessed or something.

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What if they are not in your list of contacts?

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to That's very interesting - ...

I suspect that might have something to do with it, but I've never taken the time to investigate. It could be set so that if you've added them to your contacts at TR, it shows their screen name in the email. If not, it shows nothing except the email address it came from.

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Not in my experience

by Tig2 In reply to What if they are not in y ...

I get a screen name in virtually every PM I receive. I get more PMs from strangers than contacts.


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This difference must be something to do with

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Not in my experience

1. the settings of the profile at TR, probably the recipient's;

2. the mail client settings;

3. the mail client itself.

Hmm, idea - I get my TR Peer Mail through a normal pop3 mailbox, I notice JD gets his through a web mail service. I wonder if that's the difference, the way the web mail services display the messages in their scripted environment instead of plain text or standard html.

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That boat won't float either......

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to This difference must be s ...

I get mine through a POP account and use Outlook to view it.

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Not knowing what you used I wondered if that was the cause - but

by Deadly Ernest In reply to This difference must be s ...

knowing how horrid Outlook is, it could be anything.

Seriously, I wonder if it's a case of the mail client (Outlook) display setting. I have noticed I get a different looking message when I have the system set to 'display as html' to that of it when set to 'display as plain text.' And even 'display as simple html' will give a different look to some messages.

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