As my faithful readers will know, I have long held an interest in stock trading and am constantly looking for similarities between trading and fighting spam. They don’t always overlap but once in a while we find similarities. The classic example is testing unproven strategies – in trading, you test a new strategy by taking small positions, smaller than you would normally take. Then, you gradually increase your position size. In spam fighting, it’s the same: when testing a new spam strategy you try it out in the field with minimal impact and gradually move it up.
Anyways, the other day I was browsing some of my favorite financial blogs and I saw an advertisement for a new blog called WallStrip. I’ve been in the spam fighting business a long time, because the first thing that occurred to me when I saw that link description was that it might be a site with rauncy material (if you can’t figure out how I came to that conclusion, imagine that the two syllables in that link are two different words, and then look at the second word). The site has nothing to do with that, of course, but when you deal with spam as long as I have it just comes to you naturally.