SPAMCOP listings

Personally I think spam block lists are crap because they function so poorly and arbitrarily, but it is an ongoing problem for us when our shared email servers spend a lot of time on somebody’s block list.

I see that the Dreamhost mail server for our new account is currently on Spamcop’s block list, and seems to spend about 20% of the time there (see below). Does Dreamhost have any policy on addressing this problem?

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If there are no reports of ongoing objectionable email from this system it will be delisted automatically in approximately 21 hours.

Causes of listing

  • System has sent mail to SpamCop spam traps in the past week (spam traps are secret, no reports or evidence are provided by SpamCop)
  • It appears this listing is caused by misdirected bounces. We have a FAQ which covers this topic: Why auto-responses are bad (Misdirected bounces). Please read this FAQ and heed the advice contained in it.

Additional potential problems
(these factors do not directly result in spamcop listing)

  • System administrator has already delisted this system once

Because of the above problems, express-delisting is not available
Listing History
In the past 124.5 days, it has been listed 21 times for a total of 23.8 days
Other hosts in this “neighborhood” with spam reports

Regarding “New No/Less Email Blocks!” from the latest Dreamhost newsletter:

Thanks for addressing this issue, Dreamhost. Glad to see somebody break the logjam of finger-pointing (“it’s not OUR problem, it’s theirs”).