Re: EarthLink spamBlocker - how rude
From: Alan Connor (zzzzzz_at_xxx.yyy)
Date: Sun, 03 Oct 2004 19:18:39 GMT
On Sat, 02 Oct 2004 01:37:48 GMT, Alan Connor <email@example.com>
> On 2 Oct 2004 00:29:17 GMT, Jem Berkes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> This has happened to me a few times now, I've finally gotten
>> fed up with it. Occasionally people send me technical
>> support queries, but for software that I don't develop or
>> sell. Usually, because I'm a nice guy, I point them towards
>> the correct developer so that they can get help with their
>> So I get an email from someone @earthlink.net and send them
>> off a quick reply. But then Earthlink's "spamBlocker" sends me
>> another email, pointing me to a web form and asking me to fill
>> in various details. What can I say,
>> How incredibly rude!
>> So for anyone who may read this message through the archives -
>> if YOU are contacting someone, better make sure that whoever
>> you email doesn't have to jump through hoops to send their
>> reply back to you. Because they probably won't, and you will
>> wonder why you don't receive expected communications.
> That's a crude and intrusive form of Challenge-Response. They
> should just send you a *normal* C-R, and then you could hit
> Reply, paste a password on the Subject line, and hit Send.
> Then you would be passlisted (whitelisted) with no muss and no
> I applaud Earthlink for adopting Challenge-Responses as a part
> of their spamblocking strategy, but the way they are doing it
> is, as you say, rude and crude.
> There is no need to force anyone to go to a website or to
> divulge any information at all (which could obviously be
> false). They have no right to keep a database of the IPs and
> email addresses of people who contact their clients.
> But this is a BIG victory for the Challenge-Response movement,
> never-the-less. Earthlink is a *major* ISP.
> And I had at least something to do with their decision, having
> sent them a great deal of information on the proper design of
> mail filters that use Challenge-Responses.
> Wish they had listened more carefully!
> To all of the spammers and spammer's sockpuppets that have
> been posting their anti-Challenge-Response propaganda on these
> groups for years:
> I told you that your efforts were wasted, that people were
> intelligent enough to see through your spamfighter disguises.
> You may now line up and kiss my ass, one-by-one.
> The game is OVER.
> Pucker up!
> Pass-list --> Block-list --> Challenge-Response The key to
> taking control of your mailboxes http://tinyurl.com/3c3agp
> http://tinyurl.com/2t5kp http://tinyurl.com/yrfjb
That's a really informative article.
I don't recall ever being so inspired by a simple Usenet