October 06, 2004

Blacklist Glitch/Policy Question

Hi. There's a strange little situation occurring regarding the blacklist. A perfectly nice blogger is being harassed by a prolific stalker who leaves weird, inchoherent spam in his name at other websites.

Currently, we have him blacklisted because of the spam. But I'm not so sure this is fair, since it isn't really his fault someone's using his name.

There's no ideal solution, though: if we take him off the blacklist we may have to potentially deal with spam from the stalker in the future.

Perhaps people could leave their input, and Pixy could then make a final determination?

If it's decided that we want to remove him from the blacklist, I'll review the blacklist procedures carefully and do the actual work. (I haven't worked with Blacklist before, but I may as well learn.)

Let me know. Thanks!

Posted by Attila at October 6, 2004 11:20 PM

Hmmm, that's a dilly of a pickle.

Why can't the ISP be blacklisted instead of the URL?

If the spammer is using different ISPs each time then perhaps the only solution is for the perfectly nice blogger to change his URL.

Man, that's gotta suck.

Posted by Tuning Spork at October 7, 2004 02:47 AM

I'm the perfectly nice blogger (and thanks for the kind description). My stalker has been following me around the net since even before I had a blog (we used to comment on the same forum). It's probably been almost a year and it has posted hundreds (more?) times on about a hundred blogs and forums as me. Either it posts incoherent crap or nasty, hateful stuff (it mocked a woman who lost her brother (a firefighter) on 9-11 because she posted on my blog and I posted on hers; it posted, as me, that my father was dead ... sweet stuff like that). It has also posted as numerous other bloggers and blog posters (maybe 8 or so that I can think of) but mainly, it pretends to be me. In the last hour or so, it's left two nasty messages on my blog (I just delete them now). The message that Attila got has been posted by the stalker on, literally, dozens of blogs. Anyway, let's see if I can help. The ISP that the stalker uses is AOL. It has a dynamic IP that always starts with the following three numbers:


It posts using IE Explorer 6.0; WinME, 800x600 resolution, 16 color system. That's fairly unique. That's what I know. I hope that it helps. I appreciate Attila taking the time to bring this to your attention and you looking into this. I don't want or expect you to go to too much trouble over this but if there's an easy way for you to fix the blacklist, I'd certainly appreciate it.

Thanks again.

Posted by Jheka at October 7, 2004 05:44 AM

Ugh. AOL is a problem, because they have dynamically assigned transparent proxies. That means that if we block those IP ranges, we would be blocking millions of other AOL users too.

Let me have a think...

Posted by Pixy Misa at October 8, 2004 12:18 AM

rahm ukskux.

Posted by Ellen at December 29, 2004 08:52 PM
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