Spam fighting is thankless task

According to Jeremy Kirk, spam fighters are losing ground. Part of the problem is the negative reinforcement mindset – you don’t get a pat on the back for blocking a billion emails, but you get your ass kicked in the alley for each spam that does get though.

Maybe someone should form a spam fighter’s union, accidentally break the filters, then go on strike?


David Hart says:

Jeremy needs some Prozac. I am constantly amazed at just how civil and polite the vast majority of people are when their IPs are listed (often the result of a static host in a dynamic range).

We get far more “thanks and keep up the good fight” responses than acrimonious rants. Of course, not everyone is well behaved:

We do get ten to twenty emails each day, asking us to add IPs (we don’t take nominations but we will add an overlooked dynamic range). I get the real sense that people want to be participative in the fight against spam. Furthermore, I like to point out that the ultimate FUSSP is for people to stop subsidizing criminals:

With respect to Spanhaus, I think that Steve was interviewed at the wrong time. A $17 million default judgment was ordered on 13 September. While there is no way to enforce a US judgment in the UK, it is probably disconcerting. It certainly wasn’t a mood enhancer for Steve.

That said, “Spamhaus’ Policy Block List (PBL) will block large ranges of IP addresses of end-user computers that should be using their ISP’s (Internet Service Provider’s) servers to send mail, Linford said. Most computers on the Internet that are directly sending out e-mail are spammers, he said, although Spamhaus has a mechanism for incorporating exceptions.”

PBL? That called a dynamic or dial-up list and already exists at SORBS, NJABL and TQMcube. Hyperbole is counter-inutitive in the culture of cooperation that is fighting spam.

Thanks Dave – good to hear from you again. For those who don’t know Dave, he runs the TQM blacklists as a non-commercial endeavor, and has some other good ideas to boot. The best, as far as this blog-monkey is concerned is the Boulder Pledge, which hits the spam fight where it counts – at the point of purchase. Frankly, I think it should be called “The World’s Spam Pledge” or some derivative thereof, but then again, who gives a shit what I think.

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