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  1. Brian Kendig

    Add checkboxes for "this is a bounce", etc.

    To get around the "check/report everything" problem, just make the "what kind of report is this" be a radio-button selection. One radio button for "this is a worm email", one for "this is an incorrect bounce", etc. That way the user won't select more than one different kind. What recipient should receive the note? Any recipient who is responsible for allowing the offending email through their system - which should be all of the recipients that SpamCop chooses, because I don't think SpamCop sends reports to people who have nothing to do with the problem. Copying/pasting the comments from a text file is a workaround for now, but it's a real pain for the amount of spam that I get.
  2. I've started using SpamCop to report worm emails and incorrect email bounces. Each time I submit one of these, I want to tell the site what I'm reporting - like: * "this is a worm email sent by someone through your network, you really should look into this and cut 'em off" * "this is an incorrect bounce, I never sent the email in question, you need to reconfigure your mail server to stop sending out bounce messages to forged addresses" * "you idiot, why is your antivirus software blaming ME for being infected by the Sober worm and SENDING ME A COPY OF IT in the bounce message?" Problem is, I don't want to have to type these notes out every time into the "Additional notes" field when I submit an email through the web form. And since I copy/paste email into the web form, I can't keep one of these notes in my copy buffer to keep pasting each time. I'd like SpamCop to add some checkboxes so that I can specify exactly what it is I'm sending, and alter the complaint that's being sent so that hopefully the site admin will be clued in. All it would take are "this is a worm email", "this is an incorrect bounce", and "this is a misdirected antivirus email" checkboxes which would add a line of explanation to the complaint email.
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    "Virus removed from your message!"

    The problem with reporting this worm thru SpamCop is that the worm emails will mention the domain that the email is falsely claiming to be sent thru, as in: In this example, SpamCop will think that www.mac.com is a domain being advertised by the spam, and will send an abuse email. (Well, not to mac.com in particular because it says that site doesn't accept reports, but it'll send abuse emails to other sites when named.) The result is that if you report these worm emails through SpamCop, you've got to uncheck the addresses for the domain which has nothing to do with the spam.
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    "Virus removed from your message!"

    Wazoo: I think my eye reflexively skipped over that "Rules - everybody read!" link because it was red, the usual color of links I've already visited. I probably assumed I'd already visited that page as I was wandering around looking for information. turetzsr: I've started using SpamCop to report everything that ends up in my "junk" folder, including worm emails and erroneous bounces. Thank you again! I have one more question: when I use SpamCop to report a worm email or an improper bounce, what does the message say that gets sent to the site administrators? Does it say "you allowed spam on your network", or is it smart enough to recognize what kind of message is being dealt with and say "a PC on your network has a virus" or "stop making your mail server send out bounce messages" instead?
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    "Virus removed from your message!"

    Thanks for that link! I did read the pinned post in question, but I missed that one link among the dozens of others on the page. I didn't think this was a rules issue - I was looking specifically for links about bounce messages. (Perhaps that pinned post could be made a summary of what people need to know, rather than a site map.) So, from that link you gave me, it looks like the second part of the definition of spam is no longer as strict - a message doesn't have to be bulk, if it was misdirected to me unsolicited, and not just due to human error? Thank you for the info!
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    "Virus removed from your message!"

    My spam filters are pretty good - but now the largest source of messages in my junk mailbox are the bounces from antivirus software that's trying to be helpful, but is too stupid to realize that the address on the spam is forged. That sort of thing. I'm getting really annoyed by them, because they're a form of spam, too. I'd like opinions - should I use SpamCop to report these? I'm also getting really tired of the "delivery failed" bounce messages from servers which only decide to bounce a message *after* they've accepted delivery. I don't understand why anyone would configure a server to accept first and bounce later. Does anybody here have a good methodology for dealing with these? And, is there a service like SpamCop that I can use to report worm emails, like all the "Good day" and "hello" messages I'm getting, to automatically figure out what network they're coming from so that network's administrators can cut off the infected PCs?