posted on May, 3 2005 @ 11:40 PM
Ah good old AOL...
Some things some of you seem to be missing except 1 or 2 people.
1) Any email address can be whitelisted by an administrator and none of the message coming in from that address will be caught in the spam blocker.
It doesn't matter what criteria the message meets, if the address has been whitelisted, it will go through.
2) Some of you complain about AOL claiming they can't do anything. You miss the point that no one wants to do anything for you individually. You
are a single customer. If your recipes are not arriving, or the pictures of your cat are being held up, the monolith that is AOL honestly could not
care less. Emergency messages on the other hand should be a different story.
3) AOL doesn't have very good reaction time when it comes to problems being uncovered. I have personally dealt with them on bugs that I discovered
in their software in the late-90s and I can tell you firsthand that regardless of how potentially devastating a bug could be, AOL would not act on it
until sufficient reason had come out to merit their bothering to act on it.
4) Plenty of ISPs have similar problems. It's been a major focus of companies worldwide to do something about users' complaints about spam. People
want ZERO spam to come through, and that does require agressive filtering. Too agressive and you wind up with false positives. Trust me, I have one
at my office. In the last 10 days it blocked ~98,000 garbage mails. In that 98,000 mails there were oh... 20 false positives. Oops. Make your
choice, 98,000 crap mails or 20 that need to be released.
The blame should lie with AOL for this, but only partly. The real blame belongs to those unethical cretins who have forced ISPs to put barbed wire
fences around their email gateways. We are the users of the internet, and we no longer want this garbage. Our ISPs report to us and are forced to do
something about that. Blame the problem creators, not the ones trying to solve it, inept as they sometimes are, their intentions aren't always bad.
[edit on 5-3-2005 by Djarums]