[Mailman-Users] rejecting spam disables local subscribers on remote lists

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Thu Jul 20 02:09:14 CEST 2006

At 1:53 PM -0400 2006-07-19, James Ralston wrote:

>  Another possibility would be to allow our recipients to opt out of the
>  spam rejecting.  But this is a last-ditch option.

I'm in the process of writing an anti-spam article to be published on 
the LOPSA.org website.

Suffice it to say that, if you are a "service provider" of some sort 
to multiple customers, it is your responsibility to provide a way to 
either opt out of the anti-spam processing that you typically 
perform, or to give your users a way to customize those rules to suit 
their particular needs.

If you're not willing or able to do that, then you're not doing your 
job -- plain and simple.  In that circumstance, your customers should 
vote with their feet.  Their failure to vote with their feet does not 
absolve you of the responsibility to provide these features to them.

And yes, I include myself and my responsibilities as a member of the 
mail services/postmaster team at python.org in this list.

So far, we've gotten lucky and we've had to make relatively few 
customizations to the rules for specific users.  But I don't know how 
much longer that's going to last.

Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

     -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), reply of the Pennsylvania
     Assembly to the Governor, November 11, 1755

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