Bouncing Spam

Julian Field mailscanner at
Fri Jan 9 12:24:52 GMT 2004

At 12:09 09/01/2004, you wrote:
>I have been using MailScanner for a year or so. We used to flag spam
>messages but accept them. As the volumes of spam increased we have now
>started to bounce spam messages. We bounce rather than delete so as to be
>polite to people who send legitimate messages which are 'falsely' marked as

Please do *not* bounce spam messages. Virtually all spam these days has a
fake sender address, which belongs to some poor hapless individual who
knows nothing about it. If you bounce spam, they get messages in their
mailbox from MailScanner all about spam they never sent.

Result: They get very annoyed, as they can't see any of their real mail
among all the MailScanner spam bounce messages.
Result of that: They complain to me about it, and I can't help them.
Result of that: MailScanner gets a very bad name, and you have wasted yet
more of my time that I have to spend answering these (often rude, abusive
and threatening) emails.

So please do *NOT* bounce spam.

I may well remove the feature completely very soon as I can't see any valid
use for it any more.
Julian Field
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