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Re: [anti-spam-wg] BulletProof Hosting bulk email servers software

  • From: Rodney Tillotson <R.Tillotson@localhost
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 11:12:39 +0100

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William Stanley asked:

I am writing to see if Ripe has a position ...

RIPE only "has a position" if consensus emerges in a working group
such as this one.

... on what is spam and what is opt-in email.

It's not clear that name-calling or definitions will solve anything.
We do identify good practice; and anything else is bad practice.

The issue for IronServer is that bad practice is written all over
its Web pages. It provides one way after another to defeat people
who simply do not want the mail that comes out from there.
Sending people mail they don't want is bad practice.

The working group might want to write up what is good practice in
bulk mailing. If they did, I'm sure it would include:
* recipients positively asking in advance for certain classes of
* confirmation that each request comes from the person to whom the
 requested address belongs; and
* keeping a clear record of each request and confirmation, and
 making it available when necessary.

Perhaps someone has already written such a document?

Rodney Tillotson, JANET-CERT
+44 1235 822 340.

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