Re: A short note by Luc Rossini
ZRD sounds familiar (however I did spend a lot of time trawling over stuff back then so may've encountered it as a result of other research), however...
I'm fairly certain (no way to check) that the domains were registered and then the servers built, nothing running (as such) initially except maybe a holding page. That said I was building my server before we came up with the business name so perhaps some test emails pretty quick after the server went live.
But in other cases, the domains weren't sending straight away. In at least a couple of cases it was some weeks before they started using the domain for email.
I do recall that some of the issues was that we were initially using Paradise, by that stage brought out from Vodafone. I believe Paradise had a low reputation (was not my choice of ISP - was a legacy issue) but that shouldn't really matter.
For a little while one server was hosted on a home-based VDSL connection because of physical cabling issues at the business premises, but that still doesn't justify blocklisting someone. The email server complied with and even exceeded the standards for the day, had not been used for spam/UCE, so why blacklist?
As I think I stated earlier, one of the issues was only listing for a year at first - I also don't see that as a reason to blacklist given that many startups are done on a very tight budget and even at $NZ50 or thereabouts for a 2-year registration (IIRC - maybe the next step was 5 years so around $120NZ - I honestly cannot fully recall this stuff now :) ) it's asking a lot of a very tight budget. We built the business with a starting budget of $1500 - that had to buy the first month on a lease, power and phone/internet connections, domain, hardware, benches, some tools, advertising... But I digress.... (I remember the tears of a dear friend when talking hosting options and I told her the cheapest suitable was $120/year, before I said "Look, I'll build the site and host it on our server - it won't be as fast as we only have a VDSL connection (no fibre at our business then) but it'll get you going". Although they used another setup for email (I think a pointer to hotmail - don't blame you for blacklisting that!) they did run into issues as well with their site being visible due to someone's blacklist. Apparently co-hosting on VDSL makes us criminals or something (at least according to LDS.. :) )
We are going back some 5 years, I've since moved into other areas, so memory of some parts of the events could be cloudy, however there still was issues (more than once) with us being blacklisted because your systems automatically assumed we were doing bad things based on rather dubious concepts of what is or isn't bad practice. You chose to punish us not because of what we had done, but because of what others on our first ISP had done, or because you simply didn't like that a server had sat on a home VDSL, or that you didn't like that we were a small business with a short registration period until we got established.
LDS claims I am probably a criminal because I wanted to run a business from a small on-premesis web and email server. He would judge me, and the many millions of business owners like me, as sending "useless, stupid, illegal, and often dangerous" emails simply because we chose to host our own servers rather than pay someone else to do it. Is that really the sort of person you are, or who you would wish to side with? From your discussion here, I would expect otherwise - I am seeing a much nicer side than the machines I was dealing with in the past.. But from the machines and issues I dealt with in the past, s/he does seem much like the sort of person you would applaud.
I want to make this world a much better place, to see people struggling less and enjoying more. I want business and trade to be as easy as possible (while I really still would like to see NZ businesses get more of the local $ rather than Ali Express and Ebay etc getting our money). I hate people being 'punished' or in other was made to suffer or struggle just because someone thinks an automatic restriction would be a good idea.
Please, revisit your bots and make sure the automation isn't going to cause anyone harm. Don't act based on what someone like me did, act on what I do. Punish me for my mistakes, not for JoeSpammer's actions. And don't punish the next guy for his mistakes. Your system cost us a hell of a lot, and made it a lot harder to start a new business up and running. You made it impossible for us to communicate with our customers by email, and we lost some we dealt with face-to-face early on because they saw that we had a reputation as being 'spammers' even though our business had only been running a few weeks. Obviously we were bad, the good people at SH would never make mistakes or judge someone based on other people's actions.
Take more care about who and why you blacklist. Don't consider a server 'bad' until it misbehaves. Watch, perhaps, but don't act. Be ready to act at a moment's notice, but not until they actually do something wrong. Sure, you'll not be able to prevent some things, but you will no longer blacklist legitimate business owners just wanting to act in a perfectly legal and maybe even honest manner.
That's why I am pissed at you and your firm. You helped make a difficult time even harder.