On Thu, 27 Feb 2003 17:34:54 -0800, ietf1(_at_)ka9q(_dot_)net wrote:
Certainly. Just about every ISP (except for those run as fronts by the
spammers themselves) has an acceptable use policy that prohibits
spamming along with activities that are actually illegal. Nearly every
ISP maintains an "abuse" address to which complaints can be sent. I
use these addresses myself on a regular basis, either directly or
I see nothing wrong with holding users accountable after the fact for
spamming or illegal activities. My only problem is with pre-emptive
mechanisms that block perfectly legitimate applications and hurt
people who have never spammed or broken the rules.
The default is blocking Port 25. Would an acceptable compromise
be to make IAB policy that Port 25 would be opened to legitimate
customers, just as rate-limited is relaxed now for legitimate
users upon application? This would preserve the block against
Black Hats while allowing legit users like yourself to do your
Do any ISPs now have such a policy?