listed on spamcop

December 11, 2003 - Site has been delisted after 3.2 days. Thanks!
The text below is from before this event.

December 10, 2003 - Some people might not have received mail from mailing lists hosted at this site recently (like since December 8).

This is a problem, and I don't know what to do about it.

Spamcop, an anti-spam listing service, has listed the IP address of my mail server for sending mail to spamtraps.

It will not say what mail it's sent, or how many - only that it is "less than 10". Since my site's been listed for more than its minimum of 48 hours, I have to assume that it's more than 1.

I have sent some email recently to addresses I found on the Web - that may be what caused it. But I do not know.

I have been unable to get further into the issue by discussing in their newsgroup - and I can't really blame them; if I'd been a spammer, I'd want exactly the same information I want, so that I could spam without fearing those spamtraps.

But - this means that a lot of people won't get their mail. Either from me, or from mailing lists hosted at my site.

The list of people affected includes some I can see, because they reject spamcop-listed sites at the SMTP level, but others use spamcop as part of SpamAssassin or similar; they may discard messages without me ever knowing about it.

As of this writing (14:00 Pacific time, Wed Dec 10, 2003), 136 messages to 19 different addresses are in the bit bucket, according to my log. I have no means of recovering them, or of knowing what other damage has occured.

At least the domains,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and are affected.

I apologize for the interruption in service, and hope that the server will be delisted soon.

Harald Alvestrand <>

I do not hide my email address. All the competent spammers have it already.