Heads in the sand

creativecow blocks spamcop Sometimes you run into situations online that just make you say “hmmmmmmmmm.” Some you cannot figure out. Some you can do something about — others, you can’t. Such is the case with being blocked by ‘the creative cow’ web site.

I had wanted to sign in for some (forgotten) reason, and when attempting to register for an account, repeated errors kept trapping my email address at SpamCop.net. I dug into the FAQ and other ‘help’ functions and finally hit upon this result: “we do not accept users with spamcop addresses.” Hmmmmmmmmm.

You can count the number of reasons on one hand, why a site, or anyone for that matter, might want to block people with spamcop addresses. Most often it’s because they might be a spam complaint magnet. I see them all the time on the spam cartel report logs:
“… is not accepting abuse email”
“… rejects all spamcop mail… “
“… refuses spam reports… “

This is a good indication that they’ve received so many spam complaints that they either cannot deal with them or don’t want to. The big spam cartels simply block them at IP level so they never hear any spam reports. Almost every time I inquire or follow up on a spam complaint from an honorable, reputable web host or web master, the exchange is usually positive. Not this time.

My inquiry via a web form at Creative Cow brought this response:

Quoting  begins We run a clean site and don’t spam. We don’t add people to our database, they sign up. Quoting  ends

Sure. Of course, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard that as a response to a spam report. Then the response continues …

Quoting  begins But oddly enough, the only times we have ever been reported to spamcop is by people who signed up, got lazy and didn’t want to bother shutting off their accounts and found it easier to just report us to spamcop. Quoting  ends

Interestingly enough, there is a threshold at which point Spamcop takes action on a report or complaint. Spam complaints that are actually not spam complaints, but random accidental or intentional complaints are acquired until that threshold is met. Obviously, many people will get mail they think is spam but really isn’t. They report it, and that’s it. But if SpamCop gets a thousand such complaints, all within a given time ‘window’ then there’s an excellent indication that it is truly ‘unsolicited bulk email.’ Creative Cow closes …

Quoting  begins Maybe someday when the spamcop admins actually answer their emails and listen to someone else besides the paranoids, we’ll bother with spamcop. Until then, we aren’t interested.
Bye. Quoting  ends

“Bye” was the final Creative Cow kiss-off. So nobody with a SpamCop address can gain access to the Creative Cow web site. I logged in using one of my other email addresses to find it really wasn’t that cool anyway. But the one thing I learned — that made me say “hmmmmmmmm…” Everyone has their own pain tolerance and level of involvement — what they want to do and what they don’t want to do. If they were being pummeled by spam complaints that’s one thing, but if an occasional SpamCop complaint caused them block all SpamCop users’ access to their site, well then okay.

DO NOT CLICKThanks for reading…

Fred Showker

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