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- From: Jerry Pasker
- Date: Tue Mar 15 14:00:56 2005
It's just cynicism at it's best. I like people who can be smartasses
without being asses, but this is ridiculous if they want to be a
serious service, and cute if they are looking to make jokes.
I totally agree. Although $50 is a little steep. I've seen people
fly in to gargantuan rant -dare I say temper tantrum- over a $5
parking fine. One only needs to charge a fine of any type to get
people worked up about it. A $5 "you were stupid, now pay here to
get off the blacklist" fine would probably be much easier to deal
with for a lot more people, but still be considered "No, I am not
going to pay your ridiculous fine." (and there's not a darn thing you
can do about it! I'm mad has heck, and by gosh, I'm not gonna take
it any more!) by about the same number of people as before.
The thing about running a dns blacklist, is that one doesn't have to
be a serious service. One merely has to operate a blacklist on a
whim, and certain [equally irresponsible] mail admins, fed up with
spam, will use it no matter how ridiculous one's listing or delisting
On the flip side, when one finds their IP on a blacklist, it's nearly
impossible to know how many servers are actually using the blacklist,
so it's impossible to gage the seriousness of the blacklist entry.
It's blacklist terrorism.
And yes, I'm still kicking around the idea of a bgp route feed style
"aggregation blacklist." I wonder if that makes me an "ip routing