After ten years without updates, I've finally managed to find some time to update this page and declare ASK as officially deprecated.
I created ASK back in 2002 to learn Python and as a proof of concept of a challenge-authentication method to fight spam. It worked surprisingly well for longer than I thought, but spammers eventually started using bounces and other nasty tricks to deliver their messages. Computer systems also evolved a lot, and less intrusive methods of spam detection have become far more effective than they used to be.
I'll probably leave the old versions and page hanging around, but will set the mailing-list and forums to read-only mode.
Thank you all for your support, ideas, and encouraging words. :)
A last minute CVS mixup caused an old version of askconfig.py to be packed with the previous beta (2.5.1), making the whole version unusable. If you're using the betas, please upgrade to 2.5.2 immediately.
- The blacklist is gone for good. It caused too many problems and now behaves exactly like the ignorelist; a new command line option to specify the ".askrc" file directly.
- A new configuration variable "rc_junk_unknown_recipients", when set to "yes", will cause ASK to junk the message if it wasn't explicitly sent to one of your recipients in rc_mymails (use with care)
- No more ".py" extensions in the executables! The main executable is now called "askfilter" (important!! update your .procmailrc and .forward files)
- Complete rewrite of the HTML remote commands (it should look a bit better now)
- Removed the "mail-loop" messages (most people disliked it)
- Much cleaner integration with procmail by means of the new "--filter" command-line switch
- Lots of bugfixes and more.
As usual, you may want to check your friendly Changelog file for the whole story.
rc_smtp_validateparameter to "off" in your ".askrc" file.
I'll change ASK as soon as I can to work around the problem.
I hope you enjoy your experience here. :)
Do you have a new feature you'd like to see implemented in ASK? Discuss it in the ASK-users mailing-list. If you prefer the way of the forums (slower response!) you can also post your questions on the ASK's Help Forum. Another way to report bugs and ask for new features is to enter them directly into the Trackers, but it may be a good idea to discuss your problem in the list first.
Remember, if you don't tell us what to do, we can't do it. :)