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    Kind of. When you see that a report is send to abc#domain.com{AT}devnull.spamcop.net A report was not sent to abc{AT}domain.com for several possible reasons (that is the spammer, reports have bounced in the past, they have ask NOT to receive spam reports from SpamCop...) The report is added to the local database for statistical use. Your report of this spam does add to the SpamCop Block list and that is no small thing.
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    Spoofed email?

    As I remember the email standard includes the "." and "emanphoto@" is different than "eman.photo@" However, some free email providers, like gmail, ignore the "." in the mailbox so the two are effectively the same. Given that, No, your test email to "eman.photo@" was delivered to only one mailbox - you. As for the emails from Digital River, et al, Someone may be trying to using the email address to create an account. Of course without validation no account will be generated. The Digital River system automatically send a challenge email each time an attempt is made. Lots of the challenge email I receive include at the bottom something like "If you did not request this account, please disregard this email"
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    obscure address in coded content

    Moved to a better forum.
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    forum spam handling

    Several thoughts. You had marked 4 of the 12 spam I cleaned up just now. In the morning (when you read this) one member, sometimes two, will mark the spam before I delete it even when I sleep in. Another way to look at it is On "Thursday" 10 members visited the forum 6 show 1 post and have 1 warning point (i.e. been band for spamming) 2 have joined and not posted yet. That leaves 2 members in good standing ( + me)
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    SCBL Usage

    Just realized I may be confused. petzl are you talking about the SCBL or blocking login to the forum? The design of the SCBL has been long established. IP addresses come and go from the list depending on established rules based on reports and emails to spam traps. Domain name are not part of the calculation. I don't think that will ever change On the forum blocking blocks of IPs or domains becomes capricious. Looking at the logs and email addresses of spammers first we should block gmail, outlook etc.based on the number of spam posted by those confirmed email addresses.
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    SCBL Usage

    No I do not see a why to adjust ReCapure As for a block of IP that would be a philological change above my pay grade. In that light looking back at logs for the month of August, if we are going to blocks of IPs then we should block gmail and outlook. Which of course we can't.
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    SCBL Usage

    FYI While setting up a new phpBB I noticed that if enabled the SpamCop Block list to filter user's IP. spamhuas is also used. The option cautions about "slowdowns" and false positives. Not sure how admin will know about false positives.
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    forum spam handling

    I was guessing. IF my experience today is indicative I just suggested that a human passes the capcha then a bot takes over (using the same PC/IP) and creates several accounts to later post the spam. I think there are several approaches in use. 1) A bot, does it all opens account, replies to the challenge email, and post spam. (15min - hr between join and spam). 2) cheap labor does step 1 & 2, bot post spam. 3) Some poor sap does it all. I think a signs of human are changing the photo, posting 'interest', 'about me', sex, location, etc. But most spam accounts don't do anything except post one spam.
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    forum spam handling

    Well not working the way we expect. (Surely did not block/slow down any spammers this morning!) On the other hand when I checked earlier, I checked the box and got a series of 4 or 5 'find the traffic lights, car, bicycles' Now it checks the box for me. So I tried changing my IP (moved VPN from Texas to Chicago). Still didn't ask. Cookies maybe?? It did seem to take a second to say I was OK - could be slow network or system was reading a cookie At any rate, It is not significantly blocking spammers. If my anecdotal test is true, a human gets passed the first one, and the bot can do the rest.
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    forum spam handling

    we add one several months ago. Sign out and then click the sign up button to see it.
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    forum spam handling

    Let me do some research. I think I see an opening.
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    Ragged end of the internet

    "And now for the rest of the story" It seems that near the end of the workday Thursday a contractor working between Durango and Silverton, CO, USA was digging and cut the fiber cable. It truly was an "oh sh**" moment because they just filled in the hole and went home.. As a result it took telo a while to find the break. And yes the one and only fiber cable coming into town stops here. No loop, no redundancy, no second path. ~~ A stub end right here. It took 5yr of everyone yelling to get the fiber. This county seat was the last county in Colorado to get something that "looked" like the internet. Before it was a multi-link microwave shot over 2 mountain passes which carried all the phone service/what ever out of town. Because of the mining industry that use to be here, electrical power, on the other hand, came in from both the north and south. No power for the mines, then we are talking real money. With the mines closed, there is probably enough extra power here to make our own dilithium crystals.
  13. Sorry about the confusion with your post. SpamCop does not sent spam reports to the spammer but to their ISP, etc. If you could provide a Tracking URL it would help others see what the parser did with your spam. It is hard to give an informed opinion based on just your post.
  14. Have been without phone landline or cell and of course internet for the last ~24 hrs Yes I live out on the ragged, unreliable, slow end of technowledge