Re: is listed by spamcop

From: Rik van Riel
Date: Wed Apr 21 2004 - 09:41:13 EST

On 21 Apr 2004, Miles Bader wrote:

> The spamcop report page seems to say that the listings are due to user
> reports; could the real problem be clueless users who don't understand
> the difference above?

Absolutely. While most of the spamcop administrators
seem pretty smart, their system definitely is vulnerable
to the "Garbage In, Garbage Out" principle.

I'm certain than vger got listed on spamcop due to
linux-kernel subscribers reporting to spamcop some of
the spam that leaked onto lkml, through Matti's strict

I wouldn't be surprised if some of those same users
were now complaining they couldn't get their linux-kernel
email. ;)

In my opinion, there are only two types of anti-spam lists
that can be responsibly used:
- lists run by people smart enough to recognise
that they make mistakes and are willing to
correct them whenever they happen
- lists run in an entirely automated fashion, with
no human input whatsoever -- but only when the
software is administrated by people willing to
correct problems that happen

Lists that take the philosophy of "sorry that was our
mistake, but we're still not going to make an exception"
probably aren't the right lists to use if you care about
your email.

"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan

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