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    Very poor Spamcop stop rates

    ...To those not very familiar with how SpamCop reporting works: please bear in mind that submitting the spam has as many as three possible results: sending a notification to the abuse address of the spam source (IP address). (lowest priority) finding spamvertizing and sending a notification to the abuse address responsible for the spamvertized host(s). (most importantly) contributing to the statistics that SpamCop uses to decide whether to put the spam source on the SpamCop blacklist. "Dev nulling" only means that the first and/ or second of these will not be done; your reports are still contributing to the statistics that SpamCop uses to decide whether to put the spam source on the SpamCop blacklist.
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    Update: Outage

    ...Please see Update 2: Outage for some partially good news.
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    No new mail arriving

    ...Please see Update 2: Outage for some partially good news.
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    No new mail arriving

    ...You're entitled to your opinion but you wrote "the fact is..." and that doesn't imply an opinion (although now that I read more carefully, I see that you added "might be" which somewhat softens the earlier use of the word "fact" ... on the other hand, you wrote, 'The comment about the "new parts" is a EXCUSE,' which, as written appears to be a statement of fact, not opinion). I don't have to prove an assertion that there is no evidence to support your claim of "fact," it is up to you to prove it; I leave it to others to judge which of us has the better argument, if they care enough to even consider the question. ...And I do not see how you could possibly know that. I certainly don't know whether it is the case or not! I just know that there is no evidence to support such a claim. Nor do I have all that much interest in the question, as I am not a CES subscriber.
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    Update: Outage

    ...That is correct, it does not, because we Forum Moderators are not government officials ("Congress shall make no law..." Congress being interpreted by the US Supreme Court as meaning government in general, not just the US Congress). ...You seem to have me confused with CES. I am neither a SpamCop nor CES employee or agent, just a volunteer who helps look after the Forum.
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    Update: Outage

    ...The e-mail service and the SpamCop Forum are both provided by CES and I am not going to risk losing the very valuable latter just because there are problems with the former. Everything you both say is true but does not warrant using CES's no-charge Forum service as a wedge to discuss specifics about competitors of its money-making enterprise (that in part defrays the cost of the Forum). This is not merely considerate treatment, this is the rule that we (volunteer, independent [not employees or shareholders of CES]) Forum Moderators have decided we shall enforce. ...For what it's worth, I fully agree but I have no reason to believe that CES is being anything less than truthful, however shoddy the server maintenance and poor the communication may be believed to be.
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    No new mail arriving

    Hi, johnsenchak, ...You are understandably miffed about the problems with the e-mail service but I'm not at all convinced that such wild, borderline slanderous speculations are warranted, as there is no evidence whatsoever for the suggestions you're making.
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    Update: Outage

    ...Please do not discuss the specifics of competitors of CES (who also provide the SpamCop Forum) here. Thank you for your consideration.
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    No new mail arriving

    Ken, ...Please note that "SpamCop" e-mail service is NOT SpamCop (Julian Haight -> IronPort -> CISCO) but rather, CES. ...If your complaint is with the "SpamCop" e-mail service, please be sure to file the complaint against the provider of the e-mail service, which is NOT SpamCop!
  10. Hi, Bill, ...Thanks for educating your ISP and returning here to let us know! As a consequence of this good news, I have taken the liberty of marking this topic as "Resolved."
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    [Resolved] Something I can't explain

    Hi, David40, ...If you would be willing to provide a "Tracking URL" of a SpamCop parse of such a spam, we may be better able to answer your question. Some possibilities that occur to me: The spam is constructed in a way that prevents your e-mail client from displaying the URL to you. The URL is actually in a header rather than the spam body. The messages from the SpamCop parser that mention AVG are doing so not due to an AVG URL but a reference to a host for which AVG is the abuse address. This is almost certainly not the answer in your case based on what you have posted ("I see the AVG URL has been found in the email").
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    Why are these NOT being blocked?

    Hi, lsadmin, ...Sorry to hear of your problem. ...If I understand your question correctly, the answer will be found in the SpamCop FAQ Topic labeled "What is on the list?" especially the sections labeled "How the SCBL Works" and "SCBL Rules." Things to especially note: SpamCop counts separate IP addresses as separate sources, so if you send 14 reports one against each server "owned" by plusserver.de, SpamCop does not count this as 14 reports against plusserver.de but, rather, one report against each IP address, as if each were "owned" by entirely different domains. Reports from one user (for example, you) is not sufficient to list an IP address. The number of reports by us reporters is compared to the total number of e-mails seen to be coming from the IP address in question and only those with a relatively high ratio of reports to total e-mails is likely to get on the blacklist.
  13. Hi, minionsweb, ...Sorry to hear of your problem. My recommendation would be to click the link labeled "I forgot my Password / can't login / other account problems" in the SpamCop FAQ. Edit by Steve T: Revoking my advice based on DT's suggestion 88932[/snapback] (linear post 14) supported by Farelf's action 88934[/snapback] (linear post 15).
  14. ...Yes, as the SCWiki article "What is mole reporting?" mentions, becoming a mole will result in complaints not being sent by SpamCop. That means that neither spammers nor "white hat" admins will know that you submitted a report. ...Yes, as the SCWiki article "What is mole reporting?" mentions, as a mole you still report spam to SpamCop and this results in "registering reports in SpamCop's database, but never sending reports to the 'ISP' (all too often, the spammer, or a spam-friendly host)." Note that this does not guarantee that "the IP address used [will definitely] get added to any blacklists," just that you will be contributing to the statistics used to decide whether to add the IP address to the SpamCop BL, just like those of us who are not mole reporters.
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    Apple has an issue with a spamcop address

    ...Some members, including some of us long-timers, think that's the principal purpose of the "Lounge." <g> ...You get my vote for post of the week ... maybe the month. But, then, the week is less than half over. <g> ...Hm -- I had to look that up with GoodSearch and (not surprisingly) found a hit on Wikipedia.
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    My inbox is suddenly empty!

    ...Reading my mind? That isn't safe, dude (I don't mean that in the sense that it's generally unsafe to try to explain what someone else meant because you could be wrong; I mean because my mind is so perverse that what you find there might warp you -- but then, you should already know that from our previous exchanges!). <g> ...Or, to put it another way: you are exactly right! <g>
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    My inbox is suddenly empty!

    ...Fixed -- see linear post #9, which was your Topic "HELP : Inbox EMPTY ???"
  18. Hi, Bill, ...Yes, I see what you mean about the SpamCop FAQ article implying that no replies ever come but I think while that is the usual case it may not always be so -- a failure or delay can occur on any spam submitted via e-mail anywhere along the process described under "TECHNICAL DETAILS." ...Nevertheless, I would have thought it more likely that the general problems afflicting SpamCop and CES are more likely to be the cause of your problem. Conflicting with that supposition is the fact that there are no "me, too" posts, which suggests that something may be amiss between you and SpamCop. You may wish to send an e-mail with a brief explanation of your problem directly to the SpamCop Deputies at e-mail address deputies[at]admin.spamcop.net.
  19. ...Good catch, Dave_L. I should state that it was I, not Firefly, who added the post to this Topic. I believe that's appropriate from the standpoint that it's the same team -- CES -- that owns the two URLs involved.
  20. Hi, Bill, ...Fortunately, I have not recently had any spam I cared to report, so I can't say whether or not I would have the same experience. However, have you looked at the SpamCop FAQ article "Emailed spam Submissions Disappearing? No Confirmation e-mails?" to see if anything there appears relevant to your situation? ...There do seem to be some problems with the SpamCop web site, though, so perhaps that is a sign that there are general problems with SpamCop that could also be causing the issue you are experiencing.
  21. Hi, SCM, ...If you're still concerned after Don's reply, above, you have at least two alternatives: Become a "mole" reporter (see SpamCop FAQ article "What is Mole Reporting?" and/ or the SCWiki article "MoleReporting"). When you submit spam, uncheck the boxes of the suspect "abuse" addresses to which SpamCop offers to send complaints.
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    How can I see why we've been listed?

    Hi, Derek, ...Could you please tell us where you found the relevant SpamCop T&C? ...My $.02: both here and in other Forum Topics, Don has had the opportunity to warn against such automated submissions and has not done so, which leads me to conclude is that this practice is acceptable to SpamCop. Were I in charge, I'd judge that while it is okay to use the parser to find abuse addresses for suspected spam sources, its features of sending the reports and updating the statistics used to decide whether the suspected spam source should be added to the SpamCop BL are designed to be reviewed by real humans and must not be used in such an automated fashion. But it ain't my call. <g>
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    Unicode domain names are breaking the parser

    ...Or to Preferences | "Report Handling Options" | "Public standard report recipients" if you do not have a paid account.
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    Unicode domain names are breaking the parser

    ..."<A href="http://DiªmºnDªssºrtºr.cOm/ICv3HrI.jlc?127537175=1318427&949523=110&19=1&6nl9vv=1" >?" It is my guess that to know that the "href" part of the <A> tag is Unicode and not plain text is probably beyond the capabilities of the SpamCop parser or any likely enhanced version of the parser.
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    Unicode domain names are breaking the parser

    ...Note, though, that this likely falls within the parser limitations discussed in the SpamCop FAQ article "SpamCop reporting of spamvertized sites - some philosophy," so I would not recommend spending much time on it.
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