Gmail was Re: [ILUG] Best Email Server to Use
Michele Neylon :: Blacknight
michele at blacknight.ie
Fri Aug 1 12:44:27 IST 2008
On 1 Aug 2008, at 12:34, Colm Buckley wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 12:08 PM, Michele Neylon :: Blacknight <michele at blacknight.ie
> > wrote:
> All the other webmail services do it. Gmail wants to be different
> As I said in my reply to Justin, there is *probably* an engineering
> reason for this. I will investigate.
> The knockon effect of them doing this is extremely negative. That
> Google ignore this and try to fudge whenever it's mentioned seems to
> be a given.
> 
Check the SPAM-L archives for starters
> Of course, it may be that "GMail is flouting RFCs" is simply
> hyperbole, and what you intended to say was "GMail's notion of best
> practise differs from my own"; would that be correct?
> Not just my own
> But not that of any RFC author, is that right? Seriously. You
> accused GMail of flouting RFCs, and I want to know which ones.
I will dig out the references when I get a chance
> If you were handling mail for thousands of users and those users
> were being spammed constantly from one source what would you do?
> Move to an email hosting provider like GMail...
> At least you didn't have the gall to say "responsible" or anything
> like that ...
> Do you seriously think that Google wants to be a source of spam? We
> are OF COURSE aware that our service is being abused, and we are OF
> COURSE working on plugging the holes.
If that was the case you wouldn't obfuscate the source IP.
If you revealed the user's source IP in the headers we could block
THEM not Google
> I think, however, that you have simply failed to grasp the
> difficulties associated with operating at this scale
No I haven't, but it's a wonderful excuse to use, isn't it?
Anytime Google do anything that flies in the face of the accepted
norms the "scale" argument is trucked out
What makes me laugh is that you still cling to the "do no evil" meme
> if we introduce a stronger CAPTCHA, how do we ensure that it
> operates correctly in all locales? How do we address the
> accessibility issues? You can't turn a service this size on a dime;
> you have to seriously consider the impact on *millions* of people,
> and work through all of the implications.
How you handle signups isn't the issue. It's how you handle the actual
mail that bothers me
> I stand by my assertion that GMail for your domain is a better
> solution than almost anything else out there for the overwhelming
> majority of cases. Especially when combined with the Postini mail
> frontier system.
Well you would do, wouldn't you
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