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We just heard about blogs being attacked and/or forced to shut down because they are accused of spam.

Last week our e-mail list was attacked. We'd been sending out a weekly newsletter to hundreds of subscribers here and abroad for years. Then suddenly this week, our ISP, comcast, shut down our outgoing mail.

No explaination, no response until we contacted our Secretary of State and sent comcast a copy.

First they tried to say it was our mail program, Eudora, that was at fault, then after more prodding they admitted that we had been charged by some unidentified people of "sending spam".

Our newsletter for gendergappers.org was started for the many who only have e-mail and have no or limited access to the Web.

We have always clearly stated how to unsubscribe, subscribe or comment with our address in every single post sent to our subscribers.

We also have noticed an increase in subscriptions lately that apparently are the people who made the spamming complaint against us.

We feel certain we are being targeted for shut down by the same cretins attacking the blogs but we intend to fight tooth and nail.

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.

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vastleft's picture
Submitted by vastleft on

Please clarify that "we" isn't Correntewire, just so there's no confusion about that.

Corrente doesn't send e-mails to its registered users. Hell, it barely registers users!

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Submitted by twandx on

As stated in the diary, "we" are a group that has published a "list" for many years prior to birth of blogs and archived at the following site:
http ://www.gendergappers.org

It is also e-mailed to subscribers.

It is not Correntewire, a blog that we admire greatly and that we found listed as a blog on other blogs we have visited.

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Submitted by hobson on

I found the following about Comcast dated Jan 08:

COMCAST
Today Comcast announced that they’ve recently instituted a global throttling policy that rate limits inbound mail to 6 recipients per second from a single IP address, regardless of the number of domains sending from that IP.

If you suspect this is affecting you, look for a 4xx error message (temp-fail) during the SMTP transaction. If the rate-limit is impacting your ability to deliver mail, adjusting your server’s delivery settings to ensure a less than 6 recipient per second rate of delivery should resolve the issue. You can find more detailed information on Comcast’s website

I also found these instructions from a list that was being blocked by Comcast but I don't know how old it is:

If you are using Comcast as your Email provider, please send an e-mail to the following address:

blacklist_comcastnet@cable.comcast.com

Include in the body of the e-mail the following information:

I am a subscriber to StreetAuthority.com. Please allow their emails to be delivered to my inbox.

* Domain: The domain they are mailing from is:

_________.com

Spam is one area ISP's have legitimate concerns about. But they are still ISP's. Since you seem to have been in touch with them, have you talked to anyone and tried to make a friend? I did this the three times my company was blacklisted by AOL. I managed to find out they had a whitelist policy and exactly, in detail, what I had to do to get on their whitelist so they would ignore complaints that we were spammers from people who were too lazy to unsubscribe.

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Submitted by twandx on

Great info. We are in the process of getting out newsletter recognized by comcast and felt a need to send a warning that this sort of thing can be initiated by BO's trouble makers awa those to lazy to unsub.

Thanks again. Found the blog spam info on Anglachel's Journal for those interested.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

how long does this go on before people outside of PUMA start taking notice?

Submitted by lambert on

Does that phrase give anyone else the chills?

First they want to meter bandwidth, now they want to throttle mailing lists? WTF?

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by cenobite on

Right now, over 90% of SMTP traffic is spam.

Filtering it is a major computational problem.

People keep trying to think up ways to minimize the load on their poor email hamsters. The last clever one was "greylisting", where if the receiving SMTP server didn't know the server/user that was sending the mail, it would send a "busy, please retry later" message to the sending server -- servers that send spam aren't well behaved or long-lived and would not retry, but legit servers would.

What I'm hearing is "all email boxes are being limited to 6 received messages per second globally".