[Mailman-Users] Earthlink Feedback Loop

Lindsay Haisley fmouse-mailman at fmp.com
Fri Jun 29 21:00:50 CEST 2012

On Fri, 2012-06-29 at 11:57 -0600, Terry Earley wrote:
> We want to do all we can to protect our web reputation. We joined all the
> feedback loop services we could find. in addition to AOL, hotmail/msn and
> Yahoo, I found a list here and applied to others:
> http://www.emaillusions.com/2011/02/white-listing-and-isp-feedback-loops.html
> I applied to Earthlink as directed, and when they did not respond, I sent a
> 2nd request, and got this reply:

This trend _really_ sucks!  The Big Guys are breaking the Internet mail
system by dividing it up into the "saved" and the "damned".  How much
longer will it be before we have to have state-issued licenses to
operate mail servers on the Internet, or else more likely, have to pay
exorbitant sums to these large corporations in order to be allowed to
send mail to their users?

I'm already finding that I have increasing difficulty of all kinds
delivering mail from the lists I host to various subscribers.  Email
either just plain doesn't make it, or it gets shunted off into a spam or
junk folder for no other reason than that the recipient's mail server
doesn't recognize the address.

This trend has already kicked in with regard to other services, such as
the registration of domain names.  Independent registrars now have to
pay tens of thousands of dollars annually to operate as registrars.  The
survivors are either affiliated with big organizations such as CORE, or
are the mega-bucks registrars such as GoDaddy.

It's no longer the kinder, gentler Internet I signed on to work with 15
years ago or so.  Trust, real creativity and cooperation - values which
made the Internet what it is today - are becoming increasingly hard to
find at the small business level at which I operate.

Terry, I'll bet if you found the right person at Earthlink and greased
the right palms with several hundred $$ you'd get whitelisted and
subscribed to their feedback loop with no problem.

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