Rich Kulawiec Booted from SPAM-L

The current owner of SPAM-L, a long-time anti-spam discussion mailing list, announced on September 3rd that long-time subscriber Rich Kulawiec's ability to participate in the list has been terminated.

ARF: Now a Proposed Standard

ARF (Abuse Reporting Format), a simple specification that enables senders of email abuse reports (like, spam complaints and feedback loop reports, for example) to easily and appropriately encapsulate those reports in a way that ensures the receiving site will have all the information it needs to properly parse the report and identify the responsible party or process.

ARF was already on track to become a standard, as multiple ISPs' feedback loops were already in ARF format. Now, that process has taken a more formal step forward, as RFC5965 was just published by the IETF: An Extensible Format for Email Feedback Reports.

Stupid Search-Trick Watch: Content Thieves Strike!

Here's Ken Magill's take on theft of my blog content.

(xx301yz89901112aaaah33q3q3qbw) How not to handle a spam complaint

My old friend Mike Horwath relates his tale of doing just about everything wrong in response to a spam complaint. Spamming him again after he contacted you, then holding up the phrase "you've been removed" as if it means you've really resolved the issue, implying that the mail must be OK because it "is CAN-SPAM compliant," implying that the spam reporter is lying about the mail being spam, etc.

The smarter among us already know that mail is not spam just because it is CAN-SPAM compliant. Mike doesn't care that the mail was CAN-SPAM compliant, and neither do ISPs. They care about permission and relevancy -- two areas in which has let Mike down with this issue. Content Thieves seem to be pirating content from my own site here at Spam Resource dot com.

Example stolen content:

That seems to be a duplicate copy of my post about Ken Magill's new website. Oddly, they removed Ken's website URL and replaced it with their own.

If you're looking for a reputable co-reg data provider or lead generation partner, might be a poor choice. If they're taking my content and using it in an unethical manner, without my consent, that doesn't give me high confidence about their ethics when it comes to lead generation.

(Thanks for reporter Ken Magill for giving me a heads up about these guys.)

Ken Magill Returns

Number one (in my personal estimation) industry reporter Ken Magill has returned, and in his first newsletter, he drops a interesting tid-bit: apparently Goodmail is for sale. Read it here.

Don't forget to visit Ken's website and sign up for his newsletter -- you can find it over at