[SURBL-Discuss] Draw the line (was: Need help checking FP lis t from Theo)

Chris Santerre csanterre at merchantsoverseas.com
Thu Sep 9 15:17:24 CEST 2004

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jeff Chan [mailto:jeffc at surbl.org]
>Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 3:46 AM
>To: SURBL Discussion list
>Subject: Re: [SURBL-Discuss] Draw the line (was: Need help checking FP
>list from Theo)
>On Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 2:08:08 PM, SM wrote:
>> Hi Chris,
>> At 08:09 08-09-2004, Chris Santerre wrote:
>>>NO it doesn't! The point was..... its interesting!! :)  
>123inkjets has been
>>>linked to a ton of other spam domains. The fact that they 
>have customers
>>>makes it legit???? SO anyone who falls for these spams and 
>buys something,
>>>makes it legit? Think about that. Where do you draw the line?
>> If a few legitimate customers are enough to get a domain off 
>a blacklist, 
>> then most of the domains currently listed will sooner or later get 
>> off.  There will always be false positives because one man's spam is 
>> another man's ham.  Someone should draw the line somewhere.
>Yes, we have drawn a line.  A domain that's mostly used in
>spam will probably get listed.  A domain that's only being
>used in spam will definitely get listed.  A domain that's
>mostly used in legitimate messages probably won't get
>listed.  A domain that's only used in legitimate messages
>definitely won't get listed.

So what does that mean for 123inkjets? If I understand you correcly, your
are whitelisting this spammer because a legit newsletter happens to have
links to them in it. Be it either an ad or whatever. 

So instead of the newsletter breaking ties with the spammer, the spammer
domain gets a free ride?


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