rconner Posted July 23, 2009 Share Posted July 23, 2009 I reported a 419 e-mail address to Hotmail via the report_spam address and got the usual shuck-and-jive from MS, which included the following interesting bit: Windows Live Hotmail processes complaints received in the Abuse Reporting Format (ARF) format. ARF is the industry standard for reporting spam complaints. Using the ARF format helps us ensure that someone can only report complaints about mail actually generated by a Windows Live Hotmail user. A valid ARF formatted complaint is a message containing the entire original spam or abusive message (including all message headers) as an attachment. To learn more about ARF, review the draft RFC at: http://www.mipassoc.org/arf/specs/draft-sh...k-report-05.txt. Examining the link, I find that the ARF is a rather complicated multipart MIME affair that of course end users are ill-equipped to generate. Is this really an "industry standard?" Can an unnumbered RFC really be leaned upon as an "industry standard?" Has anyone heard of this ARF stuff? Is anyone actually using it to create reports, or to process reports that are received in this form? If they going to become more widely used, it might be beneficial to have some sort of tool to create them. -- rick Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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