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16jun2005 - Paul Graham Blacklisted

Paul Graham, the guy whose "Plan for Spam" essay popularized Bayesian spam filtering, has been blacklisted by SBL. He makes some of the same points I did in my Hall of Shame entry for DNS-RBLs. Quoting:

No doubt this particular case will get sorted out, and mail containing my url will stop getting blocked. But this example is enough to prove that the whole idea of blacklists is broken. Blacklists have a structural flaw: there is no one to watch the watchers.

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