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Is spam filtering getting too agressive?

by breslin / September 24, 2006 2:01 AM PDT

I have not received an email since Friday evening. I use a personal email address and emails addressed to my personal email address are forwarded by to my isp provided email account. On Friday (a part of, provides the email services for my isp) changed their email server to reject emails that do not identify themselves in a way that likes.

Many email servers block emails from known spammers. As spammers have tried to get around the blocks they have changed their tactics. One thing spammers have done is to either not identify themselves or use a false identity. provides their ip address as there identity. This has been a common practice as long as there has been email. has decided to arbitrarily apply their standard. As a result, all emails sent to my personal email address, which are forwarded to my isp email account are blocked.

When I talked to people at they say they won't/can't remove the block until changes the way they transmit the messages. This seems arbitrary and capricious.

It seems to me that, in the war against spam, we have lost sight of the purpose of email, mainly to facilitate communication, and that collateral damage has become ok., and all email service providers, should keep in mind that delivering messages is their primary task, not stopping spam.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2006 2:06 AM PDT

If the return address is invalid, then it's too likely to be spam.

Spammers killed vendor email support and email as a whole so maybe it's time that only email that is properly formed gets through.


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by jbohn--2008 / February 1, 2007 3:07 AM PST

We had an issue here at work, where a user got a virus and spam was sent out for the better part of a day.
We were blocked by several spam blocking sites, spamcop etc. We fixed the problem, Made sure it couldnt happen again, and went through the trouble of getting unblocked.
But we cannot get off of's list. Now from the previous post, I learn that Godaddy is doing this to everyone.
Our Hello gives the name of our server, as I believe most exchange servers do. But Godaddy refuses to unblock us.
So YES spam filtering is getting too aggressive.

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by afterhours / August 30, 2007 10:26 PM PDT

Interesting that your filtering is by machines (GoDaddy), as that is the source network for a significant portion of our spam.

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