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Re: Should Spamhaus default to disabled?

From: Yet Another Ninja <sa-list_at_nospam>
Date: Fri Jun 11 2010 - 15:02:00 GMT
To: users@spamassassin.apache.org

On 2010-06-11 16:42, Andy Dills wrote:
> After recently upgrading to a new mail cluster with SA 3.3.1, we were
> contacted (at every imaginable POC address) with a solicitation to
> purchase access to utilize the Spamhaus blacklists, or they'll stop
> answering our queries.
>
> We felt the amount of money being asked for was unreasonable, as we felt
> we likely wouldn't see an increase in spam if we turned them off.
>
> So, local.cf got:
>
> score URIBL_DBL_SPAM 0
> score URIBL_DBL_ERROR 0
> score RCVD_IN_ZEN 0
>
> I think those are the only queries that generate lookups against Spamhaus,
> but I'm not positive.
>
> Regardless, we noticed no increase in spam after disabling these tests.
> I imagine there's lots of overlap on the blacklists.
>
> I think the maintainers of SA should strongly consider defaulting Spamhaus
> to "off". At the very least, it should be better documented how to entire
> disable Spamhaus queries.
>
> They have the right to charge for their data, but I question whether it's
> appropriate for an open-source project to generate sales leads in this
> manner.

this horse is very dead... Your traffic generated the sales lead, not SA.