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                                          Is AOL Spam Reporting Banning Your Site?
                                                     By Martin Lemieux

  Is AOL Spam Reporting Banning Your Site?
 by: Martin Lemieux

As I read the awful truth of the nature of aol's new spam reporting from their 9.0 version, I left with a
knot within my stomach. Have they gone too far?

Last week I received a message from my hosting company notifying me that AOL has just banned
them completely from ever sending aol members any e-mail messages. Sadly my hosting company
told me that it was because of my newsletter.

Not only were they banned but in order to lift the ban they either had to; a) Prove that my company
does not indulge in bulk mailing or b) Delete my account entirely!

If you're thinking ouch, you are so right!

So I went through my e-mail list and realized that only one, I repeat, there was only ONE e-mail
account found from aol!

Here's the sad truth, one person, one voice hit their "Spam Report" button to aol because they
received a message from my company and presto, aol set's a ban on all the servers assigned to my
hosting provider.

Is this fair?

I mean do we really hate spam so much as to having the ability to hurt people's future? The thing is it
wasn't even spam!!!

Here's another sad reality, my newsletter has a "double opt in". So in other words, not only do you
need to submit your information but you also have to go back and confirm your e-mail address after
you submitted it to my company.

Better To Be Safe Than Sorry:

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Because of recent events, my newsletter NO LONGER accepts any submissions from people using
AOL E-mail Accounts. I suggest you implement the same strategy. Is it really worth it to you to go so
far as to having your web site banned?

Power To The People:

I really feel we should all have a word in this matter and protect our rights to provide e-mail information
to people who ask for it and we shouldn't be subject to a ban from one voice, one mailing. AOL has
given too much power to individuals.

What If Your Competition Has AOL?

What is stopping your competition from buying aol and opting into your newsletter just for the sheer
opportunity to report your company as spam!

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                                                     Bayesian Spam Filters Explained
                                                                    By Niall Roche

Bayesian Spam Filters Explained
 by: Niall Roche

In a word Bayesian spam filters are "intelligent". Bayesian spam filters are intelligent in so far as they're
capable of comparing two sets of information and acting on the result. This is in direct contrast to the
vast majority of other spam filters who use pre-built rules to decide which e-mail is spam and which is

Bayesian spam filters can take one group of legitimate e-mail and another group of spam and compare
the values and data of each. The definition of legitimate e-mail that it creates at the end of this
comparison session is what it uses going forward to scan your inbox for spam.

FYI Bayesian spam filters are named after Thomas Bayes an 18 century cleric who created something
known as Bayes Theorem. In summary Bayes Theorem is as follows: .."in statistical inference to
update estimates of the probability that different hypotheses are true, based on observations and a
knowledge of how likely those observations are, given each hypothesis." In plain English it looks for
obvious repeating patterns to form an "opinion" on something. In spam filter terms that "opinion"
becomes a rule which keeps you spam free (or pretty close :-)

The really neat thing about Bayesian filters is that they're capable of learning. For example if they
decided to block an e-mail because the filter perceived it as junk but the user marked it as valid mail
the Bayesian filter then knows not to block that type of e-mail in the future. So, in time, this type of
spam filter learns enough to block spam far more effectively. AOL have embraced this type of spam
filter with the launch of AOL 9.0 and AOL Communicator- if the big dog wants it then it must be

So what Bayesian spam filtering options are available to you? Well quite a few to be honest and you'll
be pleasantly surprised by some of the names involved :-) The first one on the list is AOL with their
AOL Communicator product. The spam filtering features in AOL Communicator and AOL 9 are, to be
honest, impressive. Think what you will of the provider themselves AOL Communicator is an excellent
product and is suitable for use by both PC and Mac OSX users.

Next up we have Eudora. The nice folks at Qualcomm have designed an excellent e-mail client that
also has built in Bayesian spam filtering. I've used Eudora in the past and it's a neat little package.
Again the benefits here are advanced integrated spam filtering with your e-mail automatically. Mac
OSX and OS9 users are in luck with Eudora providing support for both.

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