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Spamcop contacted hosting upline that my site was on and a little while later sent me an email. I won't reveal host here as that may prevent this article getting published (as lots of you are probably hosted on them) but host didn't bother contacting me either, they just closed my domain instantly. Did they assume I might be innocent either? No! I only found out when I went to check my site - you should do this regularly.
Eventually I resolved matter with hosting upline but throughout this whole process I was a condemned man - convicted and sentenced to death without even getting a hearing first - let alone a fair one. For heavens sake, even some third world dictatorships pretend to have a fair trial - not even that happened here.
So a complaint was made to Spamcop - they accepted it without question - heh, after all I'm not a big name and even if person forgets they have subscribed Spamcop says that is still spam - and then my website went down.
Now I was lucky - I don't scare too easily and I don't give up a fight. However I admit this episode was terrifying and caused me lost sleep. It also made me realise how fragile your business can be and how we must all fight against such hysteria - we must remain innocent until proven guilty.
Personally if I reported spam I would want it investigated and both sides given a chance to explain themselves before any action was taken. I don't think this is too much to ask do you?
So please think very carefully before reporting spam and contact person who sent email first to discuss matter. Remember, if you don't one day you could end up in this sort of trouble yourself.
HE WHO LIVES BY THE SWORD DIES BY THE SWORD
Don't use your sword and simply send off a spam complaint without thinking. Take it very seriously because consequences are ultra serious.
However all is not gloom and doom. There is an organisation I have discovered that is fighting back against these self proclaimed spam vigilantes. E-crucible is a wonderful organisation which I encourage you all to join for Free and help them in their mission. Here is their mission statement and website:
e-Crucible, Inc. is committed to returning sanity and responsibility to Internet. We feel that hysteria regarding use of what is termed "Unsolicited Commercial Email" (UCE or "Spam") that is prevalent in Internet culture today is unfair, irresponsible and counter- productive to maintaining Internet as a free marketplace.
The Internet respects no national boundaries. Therefore, any policies regarding Internet will be most effective if made at international level. We will advocate for a fair and reasonable INTERNATIONAL policy regarding "Unsolicited Commercial Email" (UCE or "Spam") and its fair enforcement by all Internet Service Providers.
We are commited to opposing by any ethical, political, and legal means available vigilante activities of "anti- Spam" fanatics and unfair and unjust handling of "Spam" complaints by certain Internet Service Providers.
The Internet is greatest tool for freedom in history of mankind. e-Crucible believes in maintaining Internet as a free marketplace for exchange of ideas, products and services.
I highly commend E-crucible to you and urge you to join their email discussion list to discuss these matters here:
You might not think you will have your life ruined by a spam complaint but believe me, it can happen. I am not ruined myself, but I will personally fight to bring some sanity back to spam debate. I hope you will support our cause and bring fairness and democracy back to internet. Remember, we should all be innocent until proven guilty.
Dale Reardon. Owner of the WebResources Newsletter. Subscribe to the WebResources Ezine for cutting edge marketing advice and practical marketing tips. Free: