After much thought, I’ve decided to add another domain to the banned list. Previously, @yahoo.com email addresses were banned from registering on KnowNothing.Net. It was nothing personal nor was it due to spam. It was due to the crappy service the Yahoo! Mail provides to users.
I have a Yahoo! Mail account. I rarely use it, though, since I own my own domains. I noticed that when I’d try to send an email to my Yahoo! Mail account from one of my domains, my Yahoo! Mail account wouldn’t receive it. I’d eventually get some BS error from Yahoo! Mail that basically said that my website’s IP address was blacklisted.
None of my websites send out spam. In fact, none of my websites even have a mailing list. The only email that I personally send out are to people or companies that I’m in contact with. I don’t do mass mailings.
What really got to me was how Yahoo! Mail handles spam. First and foremost, my Yahoo! Inbox gets flooded with spam every day. Spams ranging from Nigerian check scams, to penis enlargement pill advertisements, to get rich quick scams and home loan phishing emails. All of those are either in my Inbox or Spam folder. Basically, real spam with falsified headers make it to the Inbox or Spam folder, however, legitimate emails are automatically blocked by Yahoo! and the end recipient has no opportunity to determine whether it’s spam or not. I refuse to jump through fire-lit hoops just to have my website removed from Yahoo!’s inaccurate list.
Tonight, I received an email from a visitor to my website. They were using Hotmail for their email service provider. I responded to their email. Within seconds I received an automatically generated email from Hotmail’s servers saying that my website’s IP was on their blacklist. It suggested that I contact my ISP in order to have the matter resolved. Once again, an overzealous and highly inaccurate blacklist. So, I decided add @hotmail.com to the list of email hosts that are banned.
While Yahoo! and Hotmail are popular free email service providers, they’re not the only ones in the game. There’s tons of free email service providers out there. In addition, there’s always the option for someone to own their own domain to have more control over their email.
As I encounter more email providers that are run by incompetent personnel, I’ll add them to the list. My main beef is that these large corporations are blocking legitimate emails and not giving the end user (i.e. individual email account owner) the option to decide what is and isn’t spam.
I run multiple websites and am very stern when it comes to preventing spam on my websites. Even with the extreme hatred I have towards spammers and con artists, I always determine what is and is not spam. Even comment moderation is up to me. I have comments set to be approved by me first. I don’t have a system that will automatically reject a post comment.