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RE: National Do Not Call Registry has opened
From: "Callahan, Richard M, SOLGV" <rmcallahan () att com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 19:00:52 -0500

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This has been an extremely difficult day for me personally and professionally due to many issues we had. Without going 
into the painful details, let me assure the community my original post was for exactly for the reason I posted - and we 
do indeed know how to run a standards compliant mail system.  A side effect to the problems encountered was an 
inability to send a valid IP address among other things to operate the mail system and instead sending a static LB IP 
address, which effectively made all our mail look, as Mr.Sprunk so eloquently phrased, suspicious looking.

We are over the hump - lost a tremendous amount of credibility and the opportunity to show "the government at work".  
The FTC has put their all into this project and the associated laws which I would hope all of you anti-spam police 
would appreciate.  My apologies to the community for all the trash email this fiasco has produced, but more so to my 
customer for not delivering the quality they deserve.

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Sprunk [mailto:stephen () sprunk org]
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2003 6:10 PM
To: LeBlanc, Robert
Cc: Callahan, Richard M, SOLGV; North American Noise and Off-topic
Subject: Re: National Do Not Call Registry has opened

Thus spake "LeBlanc, Robert" <Robert.LeBlanc () savvis net>
"It's very difficult to make the technology work... Spam blockers are
automated and the software rules are arbitrary," he said.

It's a shame the press are putting the blame for this on anti-spam software,
as it's clear that the DoNotCall.gov people have brought the problem on
themselves by not running a standards-compliant mail system.

What's worse is they knew this was coming and didn't do anything to prevent
it!  It appears Mr. Callahan's message to nanog wasn't to look for advice on
how not to trigger spam filters -- it was to beg us to add his systems to
our whitelists so his suspicious-looking mail would go through.

Looks like a case of "Good enough for government work" in action.


Stephen Sprunk         "God does not play dice."  --Albert Einstein
CCIE #3723         "God is an inveterate gambler, and He throws the
K5SSS        dice at every possible opportunity." --Stephen Hawking

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