The SPAM-L FAQ

The SPAM-L mailing list will be shut down as of May 11th, 2009. Please read this post for more information and an explanation.
This FAQ will be kept indefinitely for historical purposes but updates will be rare, if they are made at all. [Edit: Some folks have set up a successor to the list at http://spammers.dontlike.us/ (SDLU). I have no current involvement with that list, but I encourage folks to check it out!]
This is the SPAM-L FAQ, a document dealing primarily with how to post to the SPAM-L mailing list, what to post, and what not to post. It also includes technical information on how to track down spammers, decipher message headers, perform traceroutes, etc.

If you are a newbie and these terms confuse you, don't worry. Everything you need to know is explained here, though it may take some time to understand it all. If there's something you don't understand, feel free to ask me directly or ask in SPAM-L. We'll be happy to help, that's what we're here for.

Contributions, comments, corrections, flames, and any other correspondence regarding this FAQ should go to Doug Muth

The latest version of this FAQ can be found at:


What's found in this document:

  1. SPAM-L (Newbies to SPAM-L should read this first)

    What is the purpose of the list, how to subscribe/unsubscribe, how to set subscription options, etc. are on it?

  2. Posting to SPAM-L (Please read this section before posting)

    Posting guidelines and suggestions, list etiquitte, how to avoid getting flamed by list members and the like.

  3. Tracking spam (Technical stuff)

    All sorts of technical information on how to track spam.

  4. Blocking spam

    Details about blocking spam and the different kinds of blocks.

  5. Miscellaneous

    Additional tips for complaining about spams and getting information on spammers, calling ISPs, mirroring this FAQ, etc.

  6. Resources

    A glossary and links to other anti-spam websites.

  7. Credits

    Those who have made major contributions to this FAQ.

  8. Help improve this FAQ

    How to help me keep this FAQ up to date!

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