December 18, 2002

The mystery of "domain registration spam body"

Donna Wentworth at Copyfight asks why an issue of the newsletter The Filter triggered a "domain registration spam body" test in SpamAssassin

As I read the test, anything mentioning ".biz" or ".name" or ".info", not at the end of a line (technically, within whitespace) will trigger the "Domain registration spam body" test! Ouch.

All these lines matched:

So how goes the nascent .BIZ business? Berkman Center Faculty
Usage of the .BIZ TLD"--online. Among the findings: three quarters of
currently registered .BIZ domains provide no web content or provide
only error messages or placeholders; a quarter of .BIZ registrations
corresponding .COM; and many .BIZ names fail to comply with .BIZ
> What's In a .NAME?: .BIZ isn't the only new TLD in town--ICANN also
introduced .NAME. Follow the links below for Edelman's study of .NAME

It's a problem with the genetic algorithm.

Excuse me, I must repeat to myself: Stay out of the spam-wars!

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in spam | on December 18, 2002 01:42 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups

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