Comcast lets mutual customers get WELL mail there again

There was a story this morning at the San Jose Merc.

Just to get the word out, we resolved things. I don’t usually use this for work-related matters, but I wanted to pass along a public quote based on what I posted on The WELL today:

OK, I spent the morning on this. Just got off a conference call with
our tech folks plus Comcast spam, security and abuse folks.

Comcast has whitelisted us removed the blacklist for forwarding from our site to your account there, as of now, pending each of us taking some steps
to try to keep customers happy and to avoid forwarding or bouncing
identifiable spam all over the net.

They will provide us with their dynamic IP range to add to our RBL
rules. That means that zombie spam from Comcast users can’t go
through the WELL to our customers nor be forwarded by customers to
their other addresses any more. We’re also going to strongly
recommend people who forward to a Comcast address enable Spam Assassin
on our side to pre-flag spam before it goes to Comcast. This assists
the Comcast spam filtering system in getting the spam into junkmail
boxes and reducing the labor by customers reporting it to them as
spam, as well as the automated reactions by their systems, which can
cut us off.


This should work! So glad our customers are no longer getting their incoming mail hard-bounced.

There are many issues here — I am too busy helping with the short term follow-up tasks to say much at any length about trends, but WELL addresses are up to 21 years old. Some are prominant web celebs who get a ton of mail… but like with a cell phone number, people want to be able to opt for continuity in their addresses. More sites will experience the dynamics aroudn this level of email longevity eventually, and spam is not going away.


Flickr photographers show “Plus One”

please come to the party Thurs

These four astonishing images are from cassidy, jef, stoneth and lawatt… four talented photographers who participate on Flickr and are part of a group show at the Brickhouse Bar and Cafe in SF Thursday August 31!
We’re calling this one Foto2 plus 1 – it’s an invitational show and a photographic Social-Networking experiment.

Here’s the premise: Each member of the group who from the July Foto 2.0 show at the Brickhouse Café got one Invite to offer to another online photographer to bring two prints to hang at the Café this round.

The idea is to play with visual social networking with prints, at your friendly neighborhood bar. Will we be able to see the photographic and social connections? Can we do anything as powerful as friends and faves in physical and print space?

Let’s find out! Please drop by an interesting art event and party Thurs if you are in San Francisco. Or have a look at this gallery of images.

The Brickhouse Bar and Café, 426 Brannan btwn 3rd and 4th streets, SF. Prints up Aug 16 – Sept 18; Come party Thurs, Aug 31, 7 — 10pm!
More logistics at