[SURBL-Discuss] Redirectors and SURBLs

Jeff Chan jeffc at surbl.org
Fri Apr 15 15:33:51 CEST 2005

For SURBLs we're probably not going to blacklist the U.S.
Congress, Google, Dell or Microsoft, so a better solution to
their redirectors may be for you to make a good faith effort to
contact them and let them know about the issue.  Talking about
the problem on SPAM-L probably won't do much, other than teaching
spammers new things they can abuse, which probably doesn't
help fight spam very much.

By the way, being able to redirect to the SURBL website does not
prove that a redirector is open, only that it can redirect to
the SURBL website.  A better test would be to see if it will
redirect to a major spammer's site, for example any that are
listed in multiple SURBLs.

In case anyone new doesn't already know, here's a letter that may
be useful for contacting operators of redirectors and educating
them about the problem, and proposing a solution:


Please feel free to forward a copy or link to it when you contact
the redirectors.  And don't be shy about contacting them.  Anyone
who finds a redirector can help out by doing that.


Jeff C.
"If it appears in hams, then don't list it."

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