In the last couple of weeks three major anti-spam blacklists have shut down after losing the battle to constant denial of service attacks from spammers. I can understand why those who ran the lists shut them down (some things just aren't worth the trouble) but absolutely hate the idea that spammers might be winning the battle. Not sure of the details on any of the three sites that were shut down, but it sounds like they were run by volunteers. Perhaps it's time for a major corporation to step in and support some of these public anti-spam blacklists. If they were to do that, then they might also be able to set up a blacklist that didn't have all the downsides that many of the current ones do. We've outlined the problems of blacklist collateral damage before, but with the right set up (clear process for labeling spammers, easy ways to appeal, etc.) perhaps a better solution could be built.
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