FC: Politech incorrectly blocked by SpamCop -- for the third time

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Nov 04 2002 - 06:34:15 PST

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    First, SpamCop incorrectly listed the Politech server as a source of spam 
    on Feb. 11. Then SpamCop incorrectly listed the Politech server as a source 
    of spam for three or four days (if I recall properly) circa July 8. Now 
    SpamCop  lists Politech on its spammer-list because some other servers also 
    hosted at Rackspace.com are alleged spammers.
    I wrote to SpamCop's Julian Haight in July asking him if he could prevent 
    this from recurring. He wrote back: "I don't see what proactive action I 
    can take. There is nothing wrong with the system and it may well happen 
    again. Sorry."
    SpamCop is a commercial service that compiles a list of alleged spammers 
    and charges $30 a year for individual email accounts and far more, I 
    imagine, for corporate filtering.
    No spam has ever been sent from the Politech server. Nor was I notified 
    when it was placed on SpamCop's list again.
    Don't get me wrong. SpamCop has the right to compile and publish 
    blacklists, even if they are not vetted for accuracy and are therefore 
    overbroad and certain to block legitimate mail. But we also have the right 
    to speak out against SpamCop's practices and criticize it where appropriate.
    I invite SpamCop to defend this overbroad listing -- and say why anyone 
    should trust their service in the future, if my experience with SpamCop is 
    any indication. Personally, I use SpamAssassin and am very happy with it.
    Subject: politech blocked by spamcop...
    From: "B. Johannessen"
    To: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
    Date: 04 Nov 2002 09:22:31 +0000
    Hi Declan,
    please mask out my email if you forward this to Politech.
    it seems the Spamcop blacklist has listed the network 216.110.36/24
    (all ip addresses starting with 216.110.36), which is where cluebot.com
    lives. checking the status at Spamcops website shows that
    (the ip address of cluebot) has no spam reported against it, but that
    the c class network as a whole is above some threshold.
    the report is available at the following url:
    you may want to drop the nice people at Spamcop a line about this,
    surely there must be something they can do to get cluebot de-listed.
    regards, and thank you for Politech.
    	Bob Johannessen, Norway
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