Appendix A. Resources

This appendix lists useful online resources for further information about spam, spam-filtering, SpamAssassin, each of the mail transport agents discussed in this book, and several other SpamAssassin-related software packages.

General Spam Resources

“Help! I’ve been spammed! What do I do?”—originally written by Chris Lewis and maintained by Greg Byshenk—is an helpful (if dated) guide to spam and spam-prevention for the beginner. Find it at http://www.byshenk.net/ive.been.spammed.html.

Internet Request For Comments (RFC) documents describe proposed standards for the Internet. You can get RFCs from http://www.rfc-editor.org. Some notable RFCs related to spam and spam filtering include

RFC 2822: Internet Message Format

The basic document that describes the formatting of email messages.

RFC 2821: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

Explains SMTP, the protocol used to transfer email from system to system.

RFC 2505: Anti-spam Recommendations for Internet MTAs

Describes a set of best practices for mail servers.

The SPAM-L FAQ, maintained by Doug Muth at http://www.claws-and-paws.com/spam-l/, provides information about the SPAM-L mailing list, one of the oldest discussion forums for spam fighters.

http://spam.abuse.net is a long-standing site with information for antispam advocates and system adminstrators.

The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) has a web site at http://www.cauce.org. CAUCE focuses primarily on advocacy and legislation.

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