Re: [Asrg] Adding a spam button to MUAs

Ian Eiloart <iane@sussex.ac.uk> Thu, 10 December 2009 10:29 UTC

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--On 10 December 2009 00:39:16 -0500 Seth <sethb@panix.com> wrote:

> Steve Atkins <steve@blighty.com> wrote:
>
>> If the mail delivery path is "spammer -> forwarder -> isp ->
>> recipient" then the only useful places to report it are the ISP, the
>> forwarder and (potentially) the spammer. If, instead, it's
>> "spammer-pretending-to-be-a-forwarder -> isp -> recipient" then the
>> only useful place to send it is the ISP, but sending it to the
>> spammer as well has no real cost.
>
> Problem: if the ISP gets the report and doesn't know that the
> forwarder is legitimate, it will damage the reputation of the
> forwarder.

Forwarders who aren't taking care about what they forward *should* have a 
damaged reputation.

>> I might have missed a suggestion to not send it to the ISP, only to
>> the apparent forwarder, when there was something that looked like a
>> forwarder - if so, don't do that. :)
>
> Not "looked like" but "was verified by the user, by the server sending
> a magic message to the user-supplied 'this is my other address' and
> seeing it come back from the forwarder".
>
> Seth
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