I got this email from one of my lists the yesterday. Aol has a new spam
blocking tool where you highlight unwanted mail, then click on a "block" button.
then sends a report to Aol, and blocks any email from that address. Aol has
sued several people as well as filed criminal charges. Sound great right???
Apparently, it has it's flaws. People have been blocking mail from the rootsweb
discussion lists, instead of unsubscribing when they are no longer interested.
Here's the email I received:
Several days ago AOL began blocking all emails sent by USGenNet's server.
: This means that list subscribers who have AOL addresses can't receive the
: list posts. Also, USGenNet account holders with AOL addresses can't use
: their email aliases to forward their site's mail to their AOL address.
: holds true for all domains hosted by USGenNet, including ALHN and AHGP
: sites, USGenWeb Census Project, Combs Families, and TNGenWeb just to name
All mail originating from our server to any AOL address bounces back with
: this message:
: "The information presently available to AOL indicates this server is
: generating high volumes of member complaints from AOL's member base.
: on AOL's Unsolicited Bulk E-mail policy at
: may not accept further e-mail transactions from this server or domain.
: more information, please visit http://postmaster.info.aol.com."
I called AOL Saturday and they specified what they felt warranted their
: block, and I passed the information on to Jim Cole, our SysAdmin. Jim has
: tested, and re-tested, but can't find anything to their claims. Our server
: is not open to indescriminate use or abuse and is very secure.
: Since I was told by AOL that the block will not ever be lifted unless
: USGenNet corrects the "problems" they mentioned, it seems unlikely
: that the block will be removed any time soon and those affected should act
: We are continuing our efforts to get the block removed, and will keep you
: Ginger Cisewski
: President, USGenNet.Org
"My Family Tree is Full of NUTS!!!
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