> > The project "owners" keep going on about wanting to sign agreements with
> > some major ISPs to ensure we don't get blacklisted as spammers. Has anyone
> > come across anything like this before?
> How and why would that happen? If you have a list which people
> voluntarily subscribe to, have a decent confirmation process so
> the malicious can't fake subscriptions, keep records of the
> sub/conf process, and have a solid, easy unsubscribe process,
> how would you ever get accused of sending spam?
Some sites only look at the quantity of mail, not any specifics regarding it.
If anything, the fact that each item is unique might actually be MORE likely
to trip a UCE/spam filter.
AOL has been known to block mail from some domains when they receive
too much mail from it, apparently on the theory that anybody sending that
much e-mail must be doing something evil. (I haven't heard of them doing
this lately, but I know of at least two cases where it happened in 1997.)
And since over 12% of my 1500 mailing list subscribers are on AOL, a similar
ratio applied to a list of 200,000 names would produce a very large
quantity of mail destined for AOL in a rather short period of time.