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[Bug 6668] DNSWL is lacking a rule to communicate excessive use to users

From: <bugzilla-daemon_at_nospam>
Date: Mon Oct 03 2011 - 19:00:49 GMT

--- Comment #6 from Kevin A. McGrail <> 2011-10-03 19:00:49 UTC ---
> If the RBL provides a documented "You are overusing the free service" return
> code, what is the problem with recognizing that and hitting a non-scoring
> (0.001, neither FP nor FN) rule with an informative description? It doesn't
> need to contain a link to the RBL's TOS or subscription page (advertising), but
> telling the admin _why_ they're getting an unusable response from the RBL is
> polite.
> I think that's a much better approach than either removing one of the most
> effective antispam techniques by default, or having the RBL suddenly mark
> _everything_ as spam because we don't interpret the "overuse" code correctly.

I don't have a problem with this concept. My veto statement above had to do
with the actual URL and the description which were a direct link and
advertisement for a vendor.

A more generic message such as this would be fine and +1'd by me:

The RBL responded with a failure code. Visit for more


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