From: Lizard Blizzard
Subject: Re: E-mail from Korea, China or Taiwan no longer accpted
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 07:49:39 -0800
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> On Fri, 10 Jan 2003 08:11:24 -0800, Lizard Blizzard
>>One thing I have a problem with is its support of blocklists. There
>>have been problems with collateral damage, blocking innocent parties,
>>and some blocklists have been sued because of it. :-(
> If used properly, blocklists work wonders.
The "If used properly.." is the catch. The MAPS blocklist was used
against Harris Interactive and Experian, and they sued MAPS. Apparently
they thought that it was being used improperly enough to challange them
> [...] My mail client also searches for my proper
> email address in the To header. If it's not there, to the trash bin.
> This nails 70% of spam. I then scan thru my trash bin to check for
> wanted mail.
The missing To: or CC: also trashes all the mailing lists you're
(voluntarily) subscribed to. If you whitelist them so that they get put
into your inbox before you do the rest of the filtering, then it's okay,
but if not then they'll probably end up in the trash.
> I don't think any blocklist has lost a suit since they don't actively
> prevent the transport of email. Just a nuisance that dweebs exist.
Well, that's one of the problems. I think MAPS had to back down and
settle out of court so the suit never got adjudicated. And IIRC, ORBZ
also disbanded after it was threatened with a lawsuit. So if you're a
pessimist, you might say that, "I don't think any blocklist has won a
Some list author really needs to stand up to a lawsuit, to set a
precedent as to whether or not it is a legal form of expression.
> Mark Chun
> Santa Barbara, CA
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