TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Anti-Spam Tool Going Out of Business

Re: Anti-Spam Tool Going Out of Business

Gordon S. Hlavenka (
Thu, 28 Dec 2006 23:52:06 -0600

Anick Jesdanun wrote:

> The Open Relay Database, a tool e-mail service providers used for
> years to help curb the spread of spam, is ceasing operations

... And good riddance too.

ORDB and various blackhole databases have been the bane of my email
existence since they were invented. Much as I hate spam (and I do) I
hate having strangers filter my email even more.

Many times I have had emails I sent bounced, just because someone else
at my ISP had an open relay or was infected with something, or perhaps
was actually evil. But why is that _my_ problem? Yet these lists
make it my problem; I get my emails bounced back, through no fault of
my own. I don't choose my IP address, nor do I choose my IP

And it breaks in the other direction, too -- emails sent to me may
simply never arrive, just because some sanctimonious so-and-so decided
to "fix" spam. Bleah. A pox on them all.

Before various ISPs decided to help me with my spam problem, I used to
get around 300 to 400 emails daily, about 50 of them legit. Today,
thanks to the efforts of misguided do-gooders worldwide I get about 50
emails daily, with maybe 6 or 10 of them spam. At first blush this
seems to be an improvement, but in fact I'm losing a handful of emails
_every_ _day_ which did not happen when I was getting all the spam.

Spam? Sucks, no question about it. But let ME decide what is spam for
myself; the rest of you keep your paws out of my mailbox.

Gordon S. Hlavenka
What if there were no hypothetical situations?

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