Roman Sandals

December 11, 2007

This is why we invented the Internet

Filed under: inconsequentia — rchanter @ 10:28 am

Go watch a few episodes of this, then try and tell me I’m wrong.

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Spamcopped!

Filed under: spam, technology, Uncategorized — rchanter @ 10:27 am

So one of our mail servers got listed on spamcop the other day. It’s just an operational hazard of running a mail service of a non-tirvial size really, but still a PITA. Delisting is simple enough, mopping up is harder. I don’t know who I should be most annoyed with:

  1. Spamcop, for being a trigger-happy, FP-prone list (and by extension, Ironport for not doing enough to clean up their act).
  2. The people running mail servers who think spamcop is a safe RBL. This includes a few providers that I would have expected to know better.
  3. The people running rogue autoresponders inside our network, which is the most likely way for reputable senders to hit the spamcop spamtraps.
  4. IBM/Lotus, whose Out-of-Office autoresponder is an utterly brain-dead piece of crap. (and don’t get me started on how unusable mail rules are).

The right answer, of course, is all (or none) in equal measure. But deep down, I think I want to blame Spamcop and Ironport. Now, I’m all for blacklists discouraging backscatter. But no matter what measures the service operator takes, there’s always going to be something back at the mailbox that does The Wrong Thing. And Spamcop (by which I mean Ironport) have a tool that would be exactly the right thing to help distinguish between indiscriminate backscatterers and sites that mostly have the problem under control.Grrr. B’stards.

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