RIPE BCP for combating UBE - Feedback
- Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 15:18:45 -0800
Ripe Webmaster -
I read through this excellent BCP and have added the URL
to my own Abuse Complaint template for ISP's to reference.
I'm not sure if it is a difference between Queen's English <g>
and the state's use of the Websters Dictionary, http://www.m-w.com,
but I found some corrections I would like to recommend.
These are the few words that stuck out, there may be others,
but I'm really not trying to nit-pick, just wondering if anyone
Throughout the Document
behaviour vs behavior
m-w: Main Entry: be7hav7iour
chiefly British variant of BEHAVIOR
End of section 5. Act upon reports of abuse
on the "first offence"
If a "second offence"
m-w: Main Entry: of7fense
Variant(s): or of7fence
Section 6. Disseminate information...
favourably vs favorably
Lastly - I do want to comment on a bullet point of section 5. Act upon
reports of abuse
> Was there a way of "opting out" from receiving email?
The majority of anti-spam advocates would prefer to see opt-in practices...
It is generally been proven that REMOVE@localhost doesn't work and
even referring a victim to some legitimate website to "unsubscribe",
has been questionable (DMA/Remove-it.com).
Commonly, the replies are used to verify real addresses vs bounces and
subsequently may end-up on some BULK EMAIL CDRom lists which
further propagates the problem.
Another situation arises when a Mail Relay and a target Webpage are serviced
by different ISPs. I have had Abuse replies returned, as you recommend, but
a blanket statement that since the message header reflected that the UBE
didn't pass through their network - there was no violation of "their" posted
Terms of Service/AUP. Many MAJOR backbones display a Zero-Tolerence
policy and do hold their downstreams responsible for their clients, but few
have gained a positive reputation that they can enforce their own policy.
My own experience is while a spammer is kicked for abuse, their
webpage may still be live and well. http://spamhaus.org
The quandry with hotmail, yahoo and similar Freemail services is
an issue of either bogus/forgery Remove@ address or a reaction
from an ISP to disable an offending email address quickly.
I don't have a solution to offer, but merely observations.
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J. Andrew Hart
Franklin Templeton Funds
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