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Sourceforge strikes again!


Your e-mail to sourceforge was blocked because the IP address of the mail
server sending the mail is blacklisted. 

I'm guessing your using a mail server on your local linux box to send the mail.
This is going to cause you problems because your ISP has put all dynamic IP
addresses that it allocates to users into anti-spam blacklists, one of which
sourceforge is using. 

This is becoming standard practice for ISPs. It is done to prevent someone from
becoming a subscriber and then using their allocated IP address to send out
spam. When this occurs, the ISP runs the risk of all their IP addresses and all
client e-mails being blocked as they are tagged as a spammer or friendly to

The solution is not to use your own mail server to send mail, but instead
configure your mail client to send mail via your ISP - that is, set your mail
server to the name of your ISPs mail server. This will mean your ISPs mail
server IP address will be associated with your e-mails and this is unlikely to
be in any blacklists. If that happens, the ISP will soon get a lot of
complaints from angry clients. 

I use the following in my .emacs to have mail sent via my ISPs mail server

(setq send-mail-function 'smtpmail-send-it)
(setq message-send-mail-function 'smtpmail-send-it)
(setq smtpmail-default-smtp-server "mail.internode.on.net")
;(setq smtpmail-sendto-domain "rapttech.com.au")
;(setq smtpmail-debug-info t)

You probably don't need the 4th line - I don't seem to . the last line is
useful for debugging problems, but I leave it commented out normally.


Kalyan Mukherjea writes:
 > Hello everybody,
 > This morning I tried to send a reply to Raman  for his mail concerning
 > his article on Math which he put up on his blog.
 > The sourceforge server classified it as spam! The substance of the
 > message I received from the Mail Delivery subsystem is given below.
 > My  letter to Raman was  a request for a url from where I can download
 > the full article; I got totally lost trying to use the urls I found on
 > blogger and his homepage.
 > Cheers.
 > Kalyan
 > Delivery to the following address failed. 
 >      raman@users.sf.net
 > Technical details of permanent failure: 
 > PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 16): 550-SPAM: This message appears to be spam (5.7 points).
 > 550--
 > 550-If you believe this message was classified as spam in error,
 > 550-please open a Support Request at the URL below.
 > 550-(Please include this message in any Support Request).
 > 550--
 > 550--
 > 550-Spam Filtering performed by sourceforge.net.
 > 550-See http://spamassassin.org/tag/ for more details.
 > 550-Report problems to http://sf.net/tracker/?func=add&group_id=1&atid=200001
 > 550-0.0 RCVD_BY_IP             Received by mail server with no name
 > 550-0.5 RCVD_IN_NJABL_PROXY    RBL: NJABL: sender is an open proxy
 > 550-[ listed in combined.njabl.org]
 > 550-2.5 RCVD_IN_XBL            RBL: Received via a relay in Spamhaus XBL
 > 550-[ listed in sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org]
 > 550-0.1 RCVD_IN_SORBS_DUL      RBL: SORBS:
 > 550-sent directly from dynamic IP address
 > 550-[ listed in dnsbl.sorbs.net]
 > 550-2.0 RCVD_IN_DSBL           RBL: Received via a relay in list.dsbl.org
 > 550-[<http://dsbl.org/listing?>]
 > 550-0.5 RCVD_IN_NJABL_DUL      RBL: NJABL: dialup sender did non-local SMTP
 > 550 [ listed in combined.njabl.org]
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