On Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 07:58:18PM -0500, Al Iverson wrote:
I dissagree. Some listings knowingly include IP addresses not directly
related to distribution of objectionable mail nor direct support or
response gathering of that mail.
Yes, they do.
But this is obviously not damage.
I'm not expressing an opinion (here) for or against such listing policies.
I'm just pointing out that it is impossible for any DNSBL listing (or
its use) to cause any damage, because all it does is grant or revoke (or
modify, if used for scoring) an access privilege. And access to services
provided by third parties is never a right: it's always a privilege.
Anyone who thinks they are "damaged" when they are not granted privileges
is laboring under a badly mistaken concept of what "privilege" means.
They are attempting to assert that they are somehow entitled to services
and are thus in some way "damaged" when their inappropriate expectations
are not met. But absent a legally valid contract, nobody is obligated
to provide them with any services, of any kind, ever. The operational
reality that most people ARE generously provided with most services most
of the time by default doesn't alter this.
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