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97up-list Digest Sun, 31 Dec 2000 Volume: 2000  Issue: 209

In This Issue:
ADMIN: Efforts to stop spam
CLUB Ford Truck Enthusiasts


Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 10:42:11 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne>
Subject: ADMIN: Efforts to stop spam

Ford Truck Enthusiasts receives about 20-50 spam e-mails per
day.  Fortunately, the list server rejects the postings.
Unfortunately, the rejected e-mails are bounced to the admin
e-mail address (ie, me).

At one point, FTE uses the and
databases to thwart spam.  This practice was discontinued
because a small percentage of users were unable to send
e-mail to FTE because their ISP is listed in either the
mail-abuse and orbs databases.

There are many reasons for being in one of these databases:

1. ISP was submitted to Orbs for testing and was determined
  to allow SMTP relaying. ie, their system is wide open to
  allowing spammers to bounce mail off their server.
2. ISP was submitted to Orbs for testing and blocked testing.
  Usually, testing is blocked because the ISP knows their
  mail server is insecure and they do not or cannot fix the
  problem.  ***This is the primary reason for some of our
  users being unable to send us mail.***
3. ISP is a known, reported source of spam and was submitted
  to mail-abuse.
4. ISP is a known to allow dial-up users to spam.

Due to the amount of spam received, the mail-abuse and Orbs
lookups have been added back to our mail configuration.  If
your e-mail gets blocked by our server, either pressure your
ISP to fix the problem or switch to an ISP that takes spam
seriously.  Don't take the excuse from them that the Orbs
test isn't acceptable to them.  The only reason for not wanting
to be tested is fear of test failure.  The big boys (AOL,
Mindspring, Earthlink, etc.) aren't afraid of Orbs testing and
neither should the little providers.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2001 13:23:09 -0500
From: Ken Payne <kpayne>
Subject: CLUB Ford Truck Enthusiasts

Ford Truck Enthusiasts is pleased to announce an all new club for
its members:   Club FTE

Club FTE was created in order to help the enthusiast go beyond the
typical Internet automotive community experience.

Its goals:
 1. Provide its members with added benefits (listed later in this
 2. Facilitate both on-line and off-line participation on a local,
    national and international level.
 3. Support the interests of our members in a friendly atmosphere.
 4. Preserve the Ford truck, van and SUV hobby and tradition.
 5. Provide club sponsored activities.
 6. Provide public awareness.
 7. Communicate issues of concern to its members.

Its benefits:
 1.  FTE T-Shirt (optional)
 2.  FTE Bumper sticker.
 3.  Group Purchase Discounts (first group purchase will be
     announced later this week)
 4.  Your own web site featuring:
       20 megabytes of web space, no banner ads, online web page
       editor, no knowledge of HTML is required to edit pages,
       template based page designer for new users, user insertable
       page counter and guestbook, users can upload their own files
       via their web browser, create page templates for users to
       select from, upload and edit HTML files online, comprehensive
       user guide, tutorial and context sensitive help. Advanced
       features include support for tables, META tags and style
 5.  Access to members only section of the message boards.
 6.  Your web site listed in a membership site guide.
 7.  Submission of your web site to major search engines.
 8.  Email account. This is a POP email account, you can use the
     email software of your choice and will not have to use web
     based email. You have a choice of the following domain names:         
 9.  Quarterly Newsletter
 10. Subscription to a member's only e-mail list. This e-mail list
     is used to supply SEMA legislative alerts, club announcements,
 11. Listing in the member and truck registry.
 12. Membership card.
 13. Special privileges at the FTE Cruise-In (being planned at this
 14. Local chapter registries and web sites, complete with message
 15. More features are planned and will be added as membership grows.

For more information and/or to join:

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Current AFTE members will receive a pro-rated membership to Club
FTE.  AFTE members should contact me off the list if they wish to
join Club FTE.

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts


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