SPF records?


in experimenting with my email addresses I’ve found that some email providers (mainly hotmail… and anything hosted thorugh godaddy(their spam filters are the ultimate in stupid btw…)) is being flagged as spam… Hotmail checks spf records, so I enabled them to see if that would fix it… no luck… so I ran a test on DNSstuff.com and my site came up as ‘permerror’ “Error: I could not get the SPF string [SPF not supported (the smarty.dreamhost.com TXT record does not exist, negative TTL=3600).].” so I disabled again… waited a day ‘none’ (but still spam…) and then I turned them on again… (‘permerror’ spam…)

is there anything I can do, or is this something on Dreamhosts end?