How do I know you're spamming?


There are a number of reasons I know that mail coming into my mailbox is spam.

  1. I get 15 copies. There are a lot of spammers out there who buy and scrape addresses and don’t do even the simplest of de-duping. Send multiple copies to a single address, you’re probably spamming.
  2. I get mail to a non-tagged address. I use tags for every signup, and have done since mid-1999 or so. If I get commercial email to a non-tagged address, I know it’s spam.
  3. I get to a tagged address from someone it wasn’t given to. As above, the tags remind me who was given my email address. If mail comes into a tagged address and it wasn’t given to the sender, then I know the mail is spam.
  4. I get mail to a poorly harvested address. Another subset of the tagged addresses, there are a couple badly written web harvesters out there which add random characters onto the end of my tags. So I get mail to -infon@ and -infonn@ and -infonnn@ addresses, and I know the sender is spamming.
  5. Someone attempts to send mail to an address that never existed at my domain. Even better, I don’t have to receive the mail for this one. If you attempt to send mail to a non-existent user here, I know without even looking that the mail was not asked for.

Am I wrong?

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  • No. That about covers it for me, except that I don’t get to play as many games with tagged addresses because I used to use a short-term email address at Yahoo for any business transactions. Not doing that any more, and what I’m learning from leakage of tagged addys is amazing!

  • At the very least they have a serious problem. (5 can be caused by typos of course. But that shouldn’t really happen when it’s a bulk email.)

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