Talk:Blue Security anti-spam community target of large-scale spam attack

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I'm not sure how my article would not fit as "news". This is an on-going issue, live. It's hapening right now, a war between spam gangs and anti-spam communities.

As for the Style Guide, I'd be ahppy to hear suggestions. I looked at examples of "good" articles, and did not really see what my article is missing.

But it's the community's choice, so I'll wait for your comments!

Nasht 02:32, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

I'll work on this a bit, but the biggest thing, in my mind, is that news stories should not be written in the first person. --Chiacomo (talk) 02:43, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply
This could be a good story -- it's certainly interesting. Hopefully some other editors will fall in. I'm going to remove the not news tag -- because it is news. It could still probably use some stylistic help. --Chiacomo (talk) 02:54, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply
I gave it some "stylistic help" and will publish it. It certainly could use more polishing, sources, and fact support. But as far as I can tell, I attributed as much as I could to the correct sources. Karen 20:11, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply



I was thinking I could put the big quotes of the email I received in Italic. However the result is not the one I expected.

Nasht 02:39, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

The <pre> tag would be the easiest way, but a quotation template was used by the time I got to the story. Just remember to close HTML tags that you open: Use </p> to close <p>, <br /> instead of <br>, <hr /> instead of <hr>. Karen 20:15, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply
I don't like the quote template (and I put it in there)... I may remove it and put it in a blockquote or something. Sorry about not closing the tags. --Chiacomo (talk) 21:04, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply
The trouble with using the <pre> tag is that browsers then don't do line-wrapping. Formatting plain text with carrage returns only looks good on certain-width screens. All I did was throw in a few closing tags, move around some whitespace, and the quoted areas look good. The only problem with the quote template seems to be that all the formatting within the quote must be done with more HTML tags. Whatever works - none of the tools we have currently seem to make quoting something like this very easy. Karen 21:31, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply
The problem with using templates is that reusers then have to deal with decoding the text... Would <blockquote> work? --Chiacomo (talk) 21:40, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

False information?


This statement (below) by Blue Security is circulating widely through Blue Security's site (may be inaccessible thanks to extremely heavy traffic) and various anti-spam lists:

"A major spammer had started spamming our members with discouraging messages in an attempt to demoralize our community. This spammer is using mailing lists he already owns that may contain addresses of some community members."

"We have also received complaints from users about spam allegedly sent from Blue Security promoting our anti-spam solution and our web site. This is yet another tactic used by some spammers in an attempt to slander us by sending unsolicited email forged to appear as if it was sent from Blue Security. Blue Security is an anti-spam company determined to fight spam and as such never has and never will send unsolicited email."

"Our answer to those criminals should be one - we will not be discouraged; We will continue to exercise our right to opt-out of spam."

There are also spreading reports of non-users of BlueSecurity/BlueFrog receiving the "warning," which it now seems is being sent everywhere. Evidence is slowly pointing to nothing being hacked, just a desperate attempt by spammers to retaliate against a group that is harming their endeavors. See also the comments on the story by Slashdot users. Rob T Firefly 16:31, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply