I sent a proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org, and got a message saying my e-mail was rejected as spam;
The original message was received at Tue, 6 May 2008 17:59:11 -0400
from 75-93-0-128.eug.clearwire-dns.net [184.108.40.206]
----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
(reason: 550-Host 220.127.116.11 is blocked: 550 Mail refused from spam source)
----- Transcript of session follows -----
... while talking to smtp1.oreilly.com.:
<<< 550-Host 18.104.22.168 is blocked: 550 Mail refused from spam source
<<< 550 (InternetNamesForBusiness.com) by local blocking list
550 5.1.1 ... User unknown
451 4.4.1 reply: read error from smtp1.oreilly.com.
You should have received this is an automatic response and information below. I tested the email alias and it appears to be functioning correctly. If you wish, please redirect your original email to my attention and I will resumbit your proposal.
If you have sent us a book proposal, we will review it and try to give you
an answer within two to three weeks after the date we received it.
In the meantime, we suggest you visit our website at www.oreilly.com for
more information, including author guidelines, book formats, and templates.
If you reached this address in error, here is a link you can visit for
information on how to contact O'Reilly:
Thank you for contacting O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Mace Bergmann -- email@example.com
O'Reilly Media Inc.-- http://www.oreilly.com
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
1-707-827-7258 / 1-800-998-9938 # 7258
I've just had an email rejected by oreilly.com as being "spam" too. I can assure you that my mail server is used by only myself, so I've no idea how it can be on a blacklist -- http://openrbl.org/client/#22.214.171.124 shows it as clean.
Could one of your sysadmins look into this? Thanks.
The text of the rejection message is below:
Hi. This is the qmail-send program at flaming.arsecandle.org.
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.
126.96.36.199 does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 550-Host 188.8.131.52 is blocked: 550 Mail refused from spam haven
550 (nameintel.com) by local blocking list
Giving up on 184.108.40.206.
--- Below this line is a copy of the message.
Received: (qmail 31214 invoked by uid 1001); 9 May 2008 01:49:38 -0000
Comment: DomainKeys? See http://antispam.yahoo.com/domainkeys
DomainKey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; q=dns; c=nofws;
Received: from glistening.arsecandle.org (HELO [192.168.22.193]) (220.127.116.11)
(smtp-auth username firstname.lastname@example.org, mechanism plain)
by flaming.arsecandle.org (qpsmtpd/0.32) with ESMTP; Thu, 08 May 2008 18:49:38 -0700
From: Rod Begbie
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed
Mime-Version: 1.0 (Apple Message framework v919.2)
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 21:49:11 -0400
X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.919.2)
I'll be attending this month's IgniteBoston.
:: Rod Begbie :: http://groovymother.com/ ::
This comes from YOUR smtp server wich have a WAY TOO MUCH RESTRICTIVE anti-spam system.
You can't block everything because it might be spam, it's none sense ... It looks like your sysadm didn't read your books...
You should do grey listing, then a spam directory for all accounts and what stay there for two days could be considered as spam, then you could use bayesian rules to pre-sort mail (what goes to spam, what goes to mailbox)...
Everyone do this, no one do a reverse dns and then block because part of a network.