>Date: 31 Mar 1998 21:19:24 EST
>From: email@example.com (Chris Lewis)
>Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT: Spam Cancel Moratorium
>Organization: Despams 'R Us
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>Usenet Spam Cancel Moratorium
>As many of you are aware, the volumes of Usenet spam are
>ever-increasing. Latest statistics show about 1.3 million or more
>spams per week. Fully 40% of all Usenet traffic is spam, 40% spam
>cancels, leaving 20% non-spammed. In other words, 4/5ths of all Usenet
>traffic is spam or spam cancels.
>Many groups still look pretty good from the perspective of not being
>too spam-filled, but this is largely due to Herculean efforts on the
>part of a relatively small number of spam cancellers, or the handful of
>sites that have good filters.
>Recently, we're seeing other trends, such as more and more sites
>turning off cancels altogether, yet, implicitly relying on the spam
>cancellers to get much of the spam before it arrives at their systems.
>Many systems are doing this not because they don't want the spam to go
>away, but the sheer volume of cancels is causing technical problems
>with their servers. In contrast, many other sites have not taken any
>measures of any kind to protect their own systems, users or the rest of
>Usenet for that matter, and they rely on the spam cancellers to clean
>up spammers on their own site, keep their Usenet services useful to
>their customers and, in many cases, to keep their servers from
>The situation is clearly getting out of hand, and it's time for us to
>temporarily change tactics. It has always been our intention that we
>should be aiming towards putting ourselves out of business by making
>spam cancels unnecessary. As this doesn't appear to be happening on
>its own, it is becoming necessary to force the issue.
>What we need:
> - We need users to become more vocal in their complaints
> to ISPs, and sites that host spammed web URLs. Accurate
> targetting of complaints can sometimes be diffcult. Here are
> some hints: http://www.sputum.com/sputools.html, and the
> links to the SPIT/SPITE tools.
> - We need ISPs to become more proactive in ensuring that
> spam doesn't originate on their own systems. Too many
> ISPs are sluggish, and rely on us to clean up their
> messes. The filters mentioned below, as well as
> spamfind on http://spam.abuse.net are useful in this
> - We need ISPs to become more serious in providing high
> quality service to their customers, whether it be the
> implementation of inbound spam filters, installing
> NoCeM-on-Spool, or, encouraging the development of
> spam-free feeds.
> See: http://www.cm.org for NoCeM information
> http://spam.abuse.net for filtering tools and
> other links
> Cleanfeed filters
> http://www.spamhippo.com Spamhippo filters.
> http://www.nntp.sol.net/patches/diablo Diablo anti-spam
> http://rtr.xpat.com/~jem/cyclone Cyclone anti-spam
>The status-quo is not accomplishing these ends - the despammers are
>cleaning up the mess, so where's the incentive? It's time to
>demonstrate in inarguable terms what Usenet is facing, and force the
>hands of ISPs. It's like trench warfare: years of moving the line back
>and forth a few yards, and what do we have to show for it? A
>tremendous waste of resources and no significant progress towards
>ending the war.
>Therefore, effective April 3, we are calling for a full spam cancel
>moratorium. For an indefinate period after this date, no spam cancels
>should be issued. This includes "classic spam", "broken gateway spews",
>"newsgroup bombing" (ie: alt.religion.scientology, alt.pagan, and even
>news.admin.net-abuse.* bombs), third party forgery cancellations, in
>the big 8, other global top-level hierarchies such as alt.*, and
>You'll notice that we said "indefinate period". This is because
>we don't want ISPs to implement short-term solutions.
>NoCeM notices will continue being generated. We believe that NoCeM has
>some technical/scalability problems, but, NoCeM-on-spool is one of the
>easiest filters to install and the most effective.
>Most of the major anti-spammers have participated in the discussions
>leading to this, and will participate in the moratorium. We would hope
>that the despammers who've not been involved in this discussion will
>also decide to participate.
>Any despammer wishing to confirm this can email me directly at
>The only cancels that we will generate will be cancels that we're
>required to issue (ie: administrators issuing cancels of their own
>users), or forgeries of our own names.
>It is expected that some spam cancellers (particularly ones limited to
>specific regional hierarchies) will not participate either due to not
>seeing this notice, or deciding not to go along with the rest. So,
>some cancels will undoubtably continue. However, it is anticipated
>that the cancel volume will drop by at least 95%. Any "broad-coverage"
>despammer attempting to continue will be more than a little busy... ;-)
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