Selfish Spam Filtering

Here’s an email I received:

I apologize for this automatic reply to your email.

To control spam, I now allow incoming messages only from senders I have approved beforehand.

If you would like to be added to my list of approved senders, please fill out the short request form (see link below). Once I approve you, I will receive your original message in my inbox. You do not need to resend your message. I apologize for this one-time inconvenience.

Click the link below to fill out the request:

Someone sent spam to this person, forging my email address as the sender. This person never saw the spam — they dumped it on me. So not only do I have to deal with my own spam, I have to deal with theirs too! Challenge-response spam filtering is a selfish approach to fighting spam.

I filed a complaint with their ISP.

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One Response to Selfish Spam Filtering

  1. Kevin says:

    And here is the reply from EarthLink:

    Using the EarthLink provided spamBlocker product on its highest setting,
    which issues challenges, is not in any way a violation of our policies. You
    are welcome to block such challenges if you do not think you will need to
    receive them.

    I can’t tell whether they didn’t understand the concept of spam being relayed through challenge filters, or they just don’t care.

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