tooangry Posted June 7, 2004 Share Posted June 7, 2004 I think that Ozziegiraffe's posts have highlighted two issues that need careful consideration. I have started a new thread in order not to distract attention in his original thread away from ways to deal with his immediate problems. First, there are many places where there are a very limited choice of ISPs. The Solomon Islands may be an extreme, with one ISP with a legal monopoly, but many places have, for reasons of government policy, geography or local economic conditions, far fewer choices than the USA. The choice may be even more limited in practice if you need a high quality broadband service. The usual advice given on these boards to people whose ISPs are having their IP addresses listed by Spamcop is to try to persuade the ISP to change its ways (clearly proposed by those who have never had to deal with a government-run telecoms company) or to change their ISP (something which in many parts of the world is a complicated, expensive, and time-consuming activity even if it is possible). When it comes to the Solomons ISP the first of these suggestions is likely to be pointless, the second not possible. Can I suggest that in this instance the perminant removal of the Soloman Islands IP adddress from the blocklist is unlikely to damage materially the fight against spam. Secondly, we have again had the situation where a new arrival is given a very hard time by regulars on the boards. As I have said many times before, this is not an approach that will win Spamcop friends. I am aware that you are volunteers, and I know that there is a lot of information provided on the site that in an ideal world people would read and digest before posting. In practice, however, you have to understand that many people coming to this site are not experts in Internet computing. Also the site is very hard to navigate, and newcomers can easily miss much of the available information. When this happens brief, polite posts providing the relevent links are the most useful approach. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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