from the hmm dept
I wonder if I’m going to regret signing up for SpamCop. They did, after all, once accuse me (incorrectly) of spamming, but the situation was quickly cleared up without any problem – though, just between me and my ISP and not with SpamCop. However, my hosting company told me that in the past month SpamCop has unfairly blocked a number of their sites, and and now I’m reading (via Dan Gillmor’s latest) about how SpamCop forced Ed Felten’s website offline, after someone accidentally reported a message that recommended his site as spam. SpamCop (not surprisingly) makes it nearly impossible to reach a human being that you can contact. They apparently did nothing to rectify the problem, despite the fact that everyone involved (Ed Felten, the guy who sent the original email, the guy who reported the spam, and the ISP involved) all determined that nothing wrong had been done. It’s a bit scary that these shoot-first-that’s-it policies on spam are taking over.