[Beowulf] Signal to noise.

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Fri Jan 27 12:27:24 PST 2012


On 01/27/2012 01:57 PM, Nicholas M Glykos wrote:
>
> Dear List,
>
> I have been a (mostly) quiet reader of this list for the last ~5 years and
> my intention is to continue reading the excellent posts that the members
> of this community contribute almost daily. Having said that, the recent
> Vincent-centric 'discussions' have ---as I am sure you all know---
> significantly reduced the signal-to-noise ratio. Can we get back to
> normal, please ?
>

Greetings Nicholas and many others:

   I've found that filters help.  I have some simple procmail filters 
set up in my mail directory that redirect some people's email (and in 
some cases responses to them) to a file I  ... well ... never read.

   By doing so, I find the S/N ratio to be vastly improved.

   Only one person from Beowulf is in this (not Vincent ... I am still 
deeply amused by some of the emails, though that is fading fast with the 
personal attacks).

   Procmail filters look like this

:0:
* ^From:.*bad at person.com
$HOME/twit.filter

   Then I never read the twit.filter.  Just empty it out every now and 
then.  Maybe once every few years.

   Doing this has dramatically improved S/N here and elsewhere.  If you 
don't have this capability directly, your mail client can probably fake 
it.  I use this as I have (far too) many mail clients and I don't want 
to manage the rules on all of them.  If you are afflicted with Microsoft 
exchange as your mail server, I am not sure what you can (easily) do.



Joe



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