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One of my spams (almost) reports this way without a body (which is the way I received it):

Tracking URL without body

http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z661108266z7b...c0fbddcf1446ebz

If reported today, reports would be sent to:

Re: 61.248.69.8 (Administrator of network where email originates)

abuse (at) shinbiro.com

postmaster (at) shinbiro.com

Re: 61.248.69.8 (Third party interested in email source)

spamcop (at) imaphost.com

(Note: color added for emphasis, munging for safety.)

and this way with the sentence "No body in spam." added as the body.

Tracking URL with body

http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z663171256zbc...9dd34808bf4645z

Re: 61.248.69.8 (Administrator of network where email originates)

To: abuse (at) shinbiro.com (Notes)

To: postmaster (at) shinbiro.com (Notes)

Re: 61.248.69.8 (Third party interested in email source)

To: Cyveillance spam collection (Notes)

(Note: same as above note.)

My question is, who is spamcop (at) imaphost.com, and why don't they get a report when the spam parses?

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My question is, who is spamcop (at) imaphost.com, and why don't they get a report when the spam parses?

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...IIUC, imaphost is the address of Cyveillance, so there's really no difference between the two parses in this respect.

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The reason no reports are sent is simply the policy that blank emails are NOT to be reported as spam.

Well, I tried to find the documentation on this but could not. What I did find was just the opposite posted by SpamCop admin Jeff stating that he is now reporting them (note: date feb 2004) Blank email So I guess I must add this to my list of bad advise. At least this time I found it before posting.

It seems that the parser will not send out any reports if there is not body, but I have no way of making sense of Jeff's reply unless there has be an change in policy since that time which was not undated in the newly updated "What not to report" list.

Edited by dbiel

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The reason no reports are sent is simply the policy that blank emails are NOT to be reported as spam.

Sorry, I can't back you up on that one.

Well, I tried to find the documentation on this but could not. What I did find was just the opposite posted by SpamCop admin Jeff stating that he is now reporting them (note: date feb 2004) Blank email

Written from the perspectoive that once there a few every now and then, but for whatever reason, these "boken" spams became much too common.

It seems that the parser will not send out any reports if there is not body, but I have no way of making sense of Jeff's reply unless there has be an change in policy since that time which was not undated in the newly updated "What not to report" list.

I'd rather go with that the parser is taking a step back with the decision that the user made a mistake in the spam submittal, thus refuses to go any further with the reporting action. The ages old suggestion to add in a body line of omething like "No body in this spam" gives enough substance that it looks like a "complete" spam submittal. Noting that the assumption is that the user has NOT made any errors in the handling of said spam for submittal and it really is one of these "blank" spams <g>

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Sorry, I can't back you up on that one.

Written from the perspectoive that once there a few every now and then, but for whatever reason, these "boken" spams became much too common.

I'd rather go with that the parser is taking a step back with the decision that the user made a mistake in the spam submittal, thus refuses to go any further with the reporting action.  The ages old suggestion to add in a body line of omething like "No body in this spam" gives enough substance that it looks like a "complete" spam submittal.  Noting that the assumption is that the user has NOT made any errors in the handling of said spam for submittal and it really is one of these "blank" spams <g>

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Does that approach violate the "Material Changes to spam" rule http://www.spamcop.net/fom-serve/cache/283.html

Or is the Base 64 style disclaimer all that is needed?

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This came up on numerous occasions and the advice to type blank line/no body provided bellow the header suggests that this would no be in violation of any SpamCop policy!

Edited by dra007

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Does that approach violate the "Material Changes to spam" rule http://www.spamcop.net/fom-serve/cache/283.html

Or is the Base 64 style disclaimer all that is needed?

Not an official voice here, and Ellen can stomp on me at any moment ... but this is what I see .... The "material changes" specifies "causing the parser to find links where it would not have found them before the modification" ....

The scenario is a blank spam - "no body" - therefore no links were there to be found or ignored. Adding in the "no body in spam" text still does not cause any "additional links" to be found., ergo, no rule broken.

And again, not an official stance, and repeating that the parser stop mode was (essentially) halting based on a decision that the user screwed up in the submittal .. inserting this extra text should only be done if it truely is one of the broken/blank spams .... if there is any question, one should pass on trying to report it. That will keep us all out of trouble <g>

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Not an official voice here, and Ellen can stomp on me at any moment ... but this is what I see .... The "material changes" specifies "causing the parser to find links where it would not have found them before the modification" ....

The scenario is a blank spam - "no body" - therefore no links were there to be found or ignored.  Adding in the "no body in spam" text still does not cause any "additional links" to be found., ergo, no rule broken.

And again, not an official stance, and repeating that the parser stop mode was (essentially) halting based on a decision that the user screwed up in the submittal .. inserting this extra text should only be done if it truely is one of the broken/blank spams ....  if there is any question, one should pass on trying to report it.  That will keep us all out of trouble <g>

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There used to be something somewhere, but where? Deep in the FAQ? Some boilerplate by one of the newsgroup regulars? I don't remember, but it said adding two linebreaks and [spam received with headers but no body], or anything similar, after a bodyless spam, was not a crime in SC's book. Thus what I remember jibes with what can be inferred from that post by JeffT.

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