[SURBL-Discuss] RE: Applying SURBL against blog comment spammers

Rob McEwen rob at powerviewsystems.com
Thu Sep 2 11:28:16 CEST 2004

NOTE: I sent this again because it didn't seem to get e-mailed (for whatever
reason, sorry if you get it twice.)

>Given the lack of commonality, it may not make much sense to
>add to the mail spam lists, since it would be an extra 2000+
>records that would probably not get hits on mail.

>The MT-Blacklist doesn't seem to update too frequently (the
>last new record was from 8/29) and has about 2000 records.
>Matthew's list was pretty sparse so far.  So I'm still
>pondering things.


I could be totally wrong... but I suspect that the lack of commonality may
be more due to either the MT-blacklist not being updated as frequently or
because the MT-blacklist may not be updated as extensively.

A good test may be to "Google" some more frequently found SURBL-blocked
domains which are not on the MT-blacklist along with the phrase "moveable
type" ...you might find a lot of blog-comment spam which should have been on
the MT-blacklist and is already in SURBL.

Moreover, blog spam is a huge issue and this presents a great opportunity
for SURBL to make a big splash, all for a good purpose. If you get the
"big-time" bloggers to write SURBL, you will soon find SURBL on the front
page of cnn or foxnews, etc.

Rob McEwen

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