QUOTE(pagejm @ Jun 16 2006, 01:24 PM)
Thanks for that. So it seems that the spammers just keep right on sending their spam regardless, and we keep right on reporting it. In any event, the amount of spam arriving at our inboxes doesn't diminish. The spammers still get enough people responding favourably, otherwise they would stop. Reporting doesn't appear to help reduce email traffic - on the contrary, as far as those of us who report it the traffic is doubled, byt the reports themselves.
And from the other point of view .... there once was a time when a spammer could send out 1,000 and get a return from that spew .... these days, with the various BLs, filters, managers, etc., etc., etc. you now see stories of spammers kicking out 1,000,000 e-mails a day trying to get any kind of a return .... and it you look arounf some more, you'll see some advertising that they can handle sending 10s of millions of "high-speed marketing messages" a day .....
Why can't they remain on the bl for ever? That way the same addresses wouldn't have to be reported more than once.
There other BLs out there that do things their own way.
Please excuse my stupid questions - I'm simply trying to fathom just what is the point in what we're trying to do. What is the goal? If it's reducing spam, it isn't working. As I mentioned earlier, my ISP doesn't use the scbl, preferring to leave it to their clients, but all we want is to reduce spam traffic in our inboxes without the extra hassle of filtering it out manually. Surely there must be an easier way.
I believe some 'personal" tools have already been suggested in this discussion (if I'm confused, SpamPal is one, SpamAssassin is another) that can use various BLs, offer more powerful filtering and management tools, etc ....
The original SpamCop.net philosophy was that the ISPs receiving the notifications would actually care and do something about the pronlem. The reality is that some do, some don't, some are materially involved with the spew themselves, .... the point is that SpamCop.net reporting does feed the SpamCopDNSBL, which is used by countless ISPs around the world and countless end-users around the world. If you want to take advantage of the results of "your" reporting, you need to add in a tool to use the data available.