Oh my! In spite of the fact that this is "cross-posted" and most likely a troll (while claiming he's "been here for years", this poster has only posted 3 messages to these forums and one of those is an exact duplicate of this one - damn "forum spammers!"), I have not had my daily Wild Turkey ration and am feeling cranky so, just this once:
So I don't suppose answering each of them with a simple RTFM would have been much use to you.
So, after wasting all those hours, and having "figured out the problem" yourself, you were "good to go", right?
Here is a clue for the terminally cluless: Nothing DreamHost does or doesn't do prevents "client side" filters from working. (hint: That's why they are "client side")
Now you're talking! Ding! Give that poster a "Gold Star"! "He's got it, by George, I think he's got it!" He's figured out that spam is a real problem!
It amazes me that users still believe it is the hosting company's responsibility to solve their spam problem. I think any attempt at dealing with spam by the hosting provider is a benefit, as opposed to expecting them to shield me from all exposure to the "wild n' woolly" internet.
Ah, another clue: Spam (UCE) is not a "web" issue and never has been. Different protocols, different transport mechanisms,etc. Email (and, last time I checked, all spam of the type the poster refers to comes via email) is a different beast altogether than "the web". Of course, the term is now used in reference to "comment spam", and "forum spam", etc., but that's not what this poster is talking about.
I thought you were concerned about spam, not "webhosting", but I guess I completely misunderstood. You sure you are not really looking for a dedicated email provider ( you know, Brightmail, etc.). Never mind, I have a great idea! No reason to "PM" you on this one (I'll share the advice with everyone who see the thread!): Go to Network Solutions/Verisign and pick the most expensive plan you can find! Yeah, that's the ticket!
There's an articulate thought! But, you know what they say about opinions being like a bodily orifice: "Everybody has one!"
Huh? I guess this poster has never seen one of those myriad "Save $97" promo codes which essentially passes all the "pay" onto the potential user as a benefit. Yea, if the customer is truly happy, and refers others, I suppose that the issuer of a "Save $97" promo might eventually get some "second tier" benefit from future genrations of (staying/paying) users.
Isn't that obvious to the most casual observer? I just knew that if I stuck it out and read the whole thing there would a worthwile statement in there somewhere! Seriously though, get yourself a webhosting account with Network Solutions/Verisign. That way, for what you are paying, there will be someone there to whom you can propound your theories on how spam is the "webhosting company's responsibility" to on the phone, ad nauseum...they are getting paid to listen, and you will have paid enough that they won't mind listening to you no matter how unreasonable your expectations are.