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Why You Should Care

SPEWS threatens the freedom of e-mail communication on the Internet, and this affects everyone.  Legitimate non-spam e-mail is blocked because of SPEWS. 

Who are you?


If you are a consumer or if you are an average e-mail user, you should care because:

1) Your outgoing e-mail could bounce back. You could send an e-mail to an intended recipient (a family member, friend, or colleague), and it will bounce back because your ISP's IP addresses are all listed on SPEWS.  Your ISP may have never spammed in the past.

2) Messages intended for you may never reach you. If your ISP currently uses SPEWS as a filtering mechanism, then a message intended for you, sent by a family member, friend, or colleague may never reach you, because the sender's message will bounce back to him, if he is using an ISP that is listed on SPEWS.  If this is the case, you should contact your ISP and tell them to stop using SPEWS and start using better spam-filtering mechanisms.


If you are an Internet Service Provider (ISP) you should care because:

1) Your legitimate, paying customers will leave you. Your entire IP range could end up on SPEWS because of one bad customer from the past who has spammed.  And once your IP addresses end up on SPEWS, it is difficult, if not impossible, to get de-listed, regardless of whether your previous spamming customer has been terminated or not.

2) Your legitimate, paying customers will leave you. If your IP range does end up on SPEWS, your customers will soon start to complain because they will try to send legitimate e-mails which will then bounce back to them because of other networks that are using SPEWS as a filtering mechanism.

We are asking all ISPs to donate to our cause.


If you are a business or other organization, but not an Internet Service Provider, you should care because:

1) Your outgoing messages could be blocked. Chances are, you still use the Internet and you have a connection to the Internet through an ISP.  Your ISP could end up on SPEWS (if it's not already), and that would affect YOUR ability to send e-mail, despite the fact that you have never sent a single piece of unsolicited e-mail in your life.  This is because SPEWS blocks the IP addresses of entire ISPs, when spam orginated from only ONE IP address belonging to one bad customer.

2) Legitimate business e-mail intended for you may never reach you. If your ISP uses SPEWS as a filtering mechanism, tell them to stop using SPEWS and start using other, better spam-filtering mechanisms.

Spam is bad. SPEWS is worse.
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