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Is there a formal policy for including (or excluding) DNS-based lists
from SpamAssassin's default rules? I think that SpamAssassin should
not enable any DNS-based list by default unless the list owners have a
clear policy that the list is free to use by SpamAssassin users,
regardless of query volume [*], commercial vs. non-commercial use,
etc. and a promise not to change the policy without reasonable (say,
six months) notice.
I realize this means practically no DNS lists will qualify to be
enabled by default. I believe SA should ship all the rules for
various DNS lists and have clear instructions (maybe even a tool for
newbies that runs automatically from the makefile) to enable them.
But I'm not sure it should serve as a marketing tool for DNSBL
operators who want to charge money.
(/me dons flame-proof suit...)
[*] DNSBLs that force you to use a (free) rsync service if your query volume
is too high are OK.