[SURBL-Discuss] Mailing list gets bounces from my mail providerbecause of surbl

Kevin A. McGrail kmcgrail at pccc.com
Thu Apr 16 03:29:18 CEST 2009

Not speaking on behalf of SURBL but using SURBL to block email is not a 
recommended usage. From http://www.surbl.org/

"direct blocking at the MTA level is not recommended. It's generally better 
to use SURBLs along with multiple, weighted factors, as SpamAssasssin does."

However, additionally, why are so many messages to the debian mailing list 
hitting surbl domains?  Even the anti-spam mailing lists don't have this 
problem that much.  If you are discussing questionable domains use 
<domain>-munge.com for example.

Or is the debian list infiltrated by spammers who are sending spam?  Are you 
in digest mode and it's hitting on a bunch of email addresses or something?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daniel Dickinson" <cshore at brucetelecom.com>
To: <discuss at lists.surbl.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 8:51 PM
Subject: [SURBL-Discuss] Mailing list gets bounces from my mail 
providerbecause of surbl

> Hi,
> My ISP (www.bmts.com - Bruce Telecom, reachable at
> tech at brucetelecom.com) uses surbl to detect and block SPAM, however the
> debian mailing lists do not and this results in bounces of mail sent to
> the debian mailing lists and through it to me through my provider.
> This is bad because the debian mailing lists unsubscribe users who have
> too many bounces.
> My ISP tells me to contact you to get the offending site removed,
> however I don't object to the site blacklisted, but to the
> listz.debian.org mail bouncing.  I asked them to whitelist it but they
> just reiterated that I had to contact you.
> I think they are wrong and not understand.  Could someone kindly beat
> the over the head with instruction on how to whitelist listz.debian.org
> so that it is not blocked even if a surbl blacklisted URL is in the
> mail?
> The address of their tech support is tech at brucetelecom.com
> Please CC me if this is a busy list as I may then not see the message.
> Regards,
> Daniel
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