Challenge and Response Clarification

From: Dan Knight <listmom_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 11:38:24 -0500

In response to some emails received since yesterday's posting, I've updated the list FAQ to specifically state that our objection is to
"challenge and response" anti-spam services used to filter messages from
the list. This doesn't apply to individual off-list correspondence.

New text:

"What about anti-spam services?

"We already take the steps necessary to keep spam off our lists. Whatever
filtering you do with your email software and your email service is up to you.

"That said, we take a dim view of anti-spam services such as Spam Arrest
and Cashette that require the sender of a message to respond to a message from the anti-spam service (a 'challenge and response' system) before allowing the recipient to receive the posting. Such a service inconveniences anyone who posts to the list and is unnecessary.

"These are all closed lists, so there is no spam. Only those who have
requested a subscription and confirmed their subscription are allowed to post. Please don't inconvenience our members by asking them to jump through hoops to keep your mailbox spam free.

"Any subscriber using this kind of anti-spam service for list messages
will receive one warning and be temporarily blocked from posting to the list. If the situation is not resolved quickly, the subscriber will be banned. The burden should be on the spammers, not innocent list members.

"Note that this applies specifically to list messages, not to individual
correspondence with list members."

Dan Knight, listmom

Dan Knight, president, Cobweb Publishing, Inc.
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Received on 2004-11-19 09:28:59

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