[lug] ISPs with "reasonable" email policies

Alan Robertson alanr at bell-labs.com
Wed Oct 20 10:30:04 MDT 1999

Calvin Dodge wrote:
> Bruce Yelen wrote:
>         > Most ISP's appear to be going this route to combat spammers.
> > Why don't you set your outgoing SMTP to be your work, your
> > incomming set to your ISP's POP (or other appropriate server)
> > and set your return addresses,reply-to, etc. to your ISP address.
> Because I'm using Netscape Roaming Access (so I don't have to maintain two (or more) sets of bookmarks and email addresses.  Any changes I make to my email settings at home are duplicated on my work computer, and vice versa.
> This means if I tell Netscape at work to use our Groupwise server for SMTP mail, then my home system will do so, too.
> I can set up our Groupwise server to accept email from my work computer (one of the privileges of being an MIS guy), but not from my home one.
> So my options are:
> 1) Change my SMTP settings twice a day (when I get to work, and when I get home)
> 2) Give up on Netscape Roaming and go back to manual synchronzation between home and work bookmarks and address books (a major pain)
> 3) Switch to a different (and probably cheaper) ISP, and make a one-time change in Netscape and my chat script
> I lean toward choice #3.  Adding weight to this choice is that Mindspring has recently told Denver Netcom users to switch access phone numbers by November 15th - and the new numbers don't work well with my Hayes Accura 56 modem (1 connect out of about 5 attempts, with lots of garbage characters showing up in /var/log/messages).
> Am I missing something here?  Is there some other alternative available to me?  Inquiring minds want to know ...

I think what everyone is trying to tell you is that all your ISPs are going to
the same policy.  It's a good policy when viewed from an anti-SPAM

	-- Alan Robertson
	   alanr at bell-labs.com

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