[SURBL-Discuss] RE: Porn Domains and SURBL

Jeff Chan jeffc at surbl.org
Tue Aug 23 08:28:59 CEST 2005


On Monday, August 22, 2005, 8:45:35 PM, Rob McEwen wrote:
> It was brought to the attention of some SURBL contributors recently a
> reminder that we have to be careful not to list porn messages just because
> they are porn if little or no evidence of actual spamming is found. This is
> because SURBL is suppose to be a "spammer's URI" list, not an objectionable
> content list. There has always been a general agreement on this.

> But this issue has reminded me to remind everyone to please, where
> applicable, send any porn domains which did NOT quite make the SURBL "spam
> threshold" over to MailPolice.com's "porn.rhs.mailpolice.com" list...
> especially the newer ones which might not already be there.

> In fact, for the past 14 months, I've been slowly and diligently working on
> my own commercial spam filtering solution with which I hope to carve out a
> nitch area where I will especially appeal to families who are concerned
> about content as well as spam. Therefore, for my **own** filtering, porn is
> filtered out regardless of spamming issues and, therefore, MailPolice's porn
> list is a great addition to my filter. Other filters may choose to have a
> "family option" or "strict option" which would be ideal for "grownups" who
> struggle with porn addiction and/or great for families who want an extra
> layer of protection for their own children's e-mail accounts. This can catch
> porn outfits who spam "just below the radar" or it can catch them if/when
> they just start spamming. Of course, this is no substitute for linguistic
> filtering, for which I have one of the best porn filters ever. Of course,
> the real trick is to catch these without catching the dirty jokes that
> people send around to each other. (and I've gotten pretty good at blocking
> the former without blocking the latter in my linguistic filtering!)

> Of course, this kind of filtering is not for everyone or every mail
> server!!! But I just want to make sure that you all know about MailPolice
> being a good place to send this stuff to when not deemed SURBL-material.

> BTW - When I start selling my spam filtering service, it will be available
> here:
> http://Stop-Spam-Forever-Filter-Blocker.com
> (or, alternatively)
> http://StopSpamForever.com

> But my web site for promoting my filter is not yet built :(

> Finally, funny thing is... I don't know for sure **how** best to report porn
> domains to MailPolice. Jay Swackhamer <jswack at nebularis.com> is the
> contact there who provided the MailPolice-to-SURBL phishing data feed. Try
> him or perhaps Jeff or someone else has a suggestion or additional contact
> there?

> Rob McEwen
> PowerView Systems
> Rob at PowerViewSystems.com


[off list]

The address I had for reporting spam to mailpolice was:

  spam at mailpolice.com

But it may no longer work.

Jay would be the one you should probably ask.

Jeff C.
--
Don't harm innocent bystanders.



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