Yahoo FBL problems


Multiple ESPs are reporting that the volume of Yahoo! FBL reports have slowed to a trickle over the last 24 or so hours. While we don’t know exactly what is going on yet, or if it’s on track for being fixed, there does seem to be a problem.
There has been some ongoing maintenance issues with the Yahoo! FBL, where requests for updates and changes weren’t being handled in a timely fashion. Informed speculation was the resources needed to fix the FBL modification weren’t available. The interesting question is if Y! will commit the resources to fix the FBL. I could make arguments either way. But Yahoo! gets the benefit of the this-is-spam button whether or not they send a complaint back to the sender.
5/21 5pm: Both Yahoo and Return Path (who administer the Y! FBL) are aware of the problem and are working on it.
5/21 6:30pm: Reports are flowing again according to multiple sources.

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  • I think Y! gets more benefit from the TiS button if they share the FBL. The added benefit is that the spam sources get shut off by the reputable ESPs that subscribe to the FBL. This lowers the incoming flow, which benefits Yahoo.

  • We are seeing a lack of FBLs again as of 1.30pm EST. Hopefully this is quickly resolved.

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