MAIL ME THIS POSTING!
MY E-MAIL ADDRESS:
For example: [email protected]

                                            ART MATRIX - LIGHTLINK
                                            PO 880 Ithaca, NY 14851-0880
                                            (607) 277-0959      Voice
                                            (607) 277-8913      Fax
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                                            [email protected] E-mail
                                            [email protected]   E-mail
 
                                            12/03/00 10:22am
 
     SPAM AND DOMAIN MAIL FORWARDING

     Much spam is sent not to the lightlink address of a domain holder
but to their domain name itself.  If you have a domain like
artmatrix.com, then mail to [email protected] will be forwarded to
the domain owner unless other wise directed.

     There is nothing we can do about spammers knowing about your
domains as they are public by definition, however each domain has a
domain forwarding file which specifies where domain mail is supposed
to be forwarded.  You can edit this file yourself by going to
http://www.lightlink.com -> USER AREA -> Sign in with your domain and
lightlink password -> DOMAIN MAIL FORWARDING.

     Make *SURE* you use *DOMAIN* mail forwarding!

     In the simplest case the file has one line that says something
like

artmatrix.com [email protected]

     This is the default line that says any mail to artmatrix.com that
is not otherwise specified should go to [email protected]  Then if
you want mail to [email protected] to go to [email protected]
instead, you would ALSO add in

artmatrix.com           [email protected]
[email protected]     [email protected]

     The spammers may know your domain name, but may not know your
specified addresses, so they may send to [email protected] and it
will get to me, which is annoying.  One way to fix this is to change
the default line to redirect incorrectly specified mail to devnull.
devnull is the cyber trash basket, no one gets it.  DO NOT SIMPLY
REMOVE THE DEFAULT LINE BECAUSE THEN *I* GET IT, and I am just going
to go put it back in again!

     So now we have,
 
artmatrix.com                devnull
[email protected]          [email protected]
[email protected]          [email protected]
[email protected]        [email protected]

     The disadvantage of this is if someone misspells one of the
correct addresses, then the mail will be lost rather than going to the
default mail box.  Since we do not keep copies of mail that come
through our system, once it is lost, its gone for good, and you won't
even know it happened.

     Thus you might want to put in common misspellings for names:

[email protected]   [email protected]
[email protected]   [email protected]
[email protected]       [email protected]
[email protected]          [email protected]
[email protected]        [email protected]
[email protected]        [email protected]
 
    e-mail addresses may NOT use spaces but may use periods, dashes
and underlines, but nothing else.

jane [email protected] is invalid.
[email protected] is valid.
[email protected] is valid.
[email protected] is valid.
 
     Frankly you are better off leaving the default line in place, but
if you just can't stand the spam, this might help cut down on it some.
 
     Homer