[SURBL-Discuss] Hi I'm new and I like SURBL

Jeff Chan jeffc at surbl.org
Wed Dec 1 17:26:24 CET 2004


On Wednesday, December 1, 2004, 8:04:58 AM, Steven Champeon wrote:
> on Wed, Dec 01, 2004 at 07:20:40AM -0800, Jeff Chan wrote:
>> On Wednesday, December 1, 2004, 6:57:36 AM, Paul Schwarz wrote:
>> > What rates of spam detection are you getting with surbl ? And what methods
>> > do you use to complement it.   I would like to run some RFC checks but some
>> > of them seem to stringent.... I.E - Reverse PTR checks, etc
>> 
>> RFC checks, reverse DNS lookups, etc are nearly worthless since
>> so many mailers are not configured correctly.

> I must admit that I'm finding it difficult to make any sense of this
> statement at all. 

> "Many mail servers are broken, so checking for brokenness is not useful?"

> I tend to view this another way:

> "If you do not accept mail from broken mail servers, maybe the idiots
> responsible for their being broken will fix the damn things."

If 80% of the world's nominally legitimate mail servers are not
RFC compliant, should you only accept mail from the 20%.  I tend
to doubt it. 

Jeff C.
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