[e2e] moderation criteria awareness?

Cottrell, Les cottrell at slac.stanford.edu
Fri May 4 18:31:02 PDT 2007

It may be an issue of not telling the spammers how to avoid the filter, i.e. it is a conflict of helpfulness vs. security. It is also possible the filters are hardly easy to interpret simply.

-----Original Message-----
From: end2end-interest-bounces at postel.org [mailto:end2end-interest-bounces at postel.org] On Behalf Of David P. Reed
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 5:18 PM
To: end2end-interest list
Subject: [e2e] moderation criteria awareness?

Can anyone decode "the message headers matched a filter rule" that was applied in this case?
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: 	Your message to end2end-interest awaits moderator approval
> From: 	end2end-interest-bounces at postel.org
> To: 	dpreed at reed.com
> Date: 	Fri, 04 May 2007 16:48:51 -0700
> Your mail to 'end2end-interest' with the subject
>     Re: [e2e] Collaboration on Future Internet Architectures
> Is being held until the list moderator can review it for approval.
> The reason it is being held:
>     The message headers matched a filter rule
> Either the message will get posted to the list, or you will receive 
> notification of the moderator's decision.  If you would like to cancel 
> this posting, please visit the following URL:

Surely computers can be capable of (say) telling us *what* filter rule, and perhaps even telling us the human meaningful version of the reason for that rule, e.g. "sender is a known flamer" or "some blackhole vigilante site blackballed your MTA because Paul Vixie doesn't like them".

It would be nice to know why one's posts are rejected, perhaps lessening one's paranoia...

It's an "end to end" protocol issue when mail is not delivered to the endpoints named in the message, and instead stopped by an incomprehensible middlebox.

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