Robert Soloway Arrested

I'm at a conference, so I don't have much time to blog about it, but helpful folks keep forwarding me this over and over, convinced that I need to be told. So, for the record, I am aware that Soloway was arrested. More on the topic from Forbes, CNet, and Yahoo. I really don't have much to add to their excellent summaries of the situation.

AOL Image Blocking Link Roundup

Here's links to the most relevant takes on the recent webmail changes at AOL, in my own humble opinion.

Re-thinking Spamcop

It's time for me to go back to the drawing board for a new opinion on Spamcop's SCBL blacklist. In the past, I had consistently observed significant false positive issues, but no more -- any false positive issues seem to have been resolved.

For more on the topic, including metrics showing how well Spamcop is working in my test environment, click here.

ESPs, their clients, and ISP blocking

I loved this post, and here's what I loved about it:
[The prospect who got himself blacklisted] thought he could solve all his problems if he switched to MailChimp, because we apparently have a good reputation, and because he thought we had some kind of secret-handshake arrangement with ISPs (actually, that's not the case---they'll blacklist anybody that generates too many spam complaints).
Ben @ MailChimp is 100% correct. ISPs will block and blacklist you, regardless of who your email service provider (ESP) is, or what IP address you send from. And they're smart enough to figure it out when you change ESPs. If they blocked you at the other ESP, it will take anywhere from immediately to very soon before they find you and block you at your new home. Your reputation follows you. You'll hit the same spamtraps, have the same volume of complaints. Since these are what drive ISP blocks, switching ESPs isn't going to magically wash all that away.

Mark Mumma News Roundup

Mark Mumma, if you weren't aware, is the anti-spammer who sued Omega World Travel a/k/a over spam allegations, and lost. It seems to me that this may have been a situation where hubris and anger took control, getting in the way of facts and logic.