Art Bell – email@example.com
For direct messages to Art. This is the only email address he reads. This should NOT be used for website submissions.
Keith Rowland – firstname.lastname@example.org
For submitting content to the website for posting, articles, photos, links to interesting stories. I prefer images sized as close as you can to 1280 x 720 so they show well on the site.
Paul Bowman – email@example.com
For submitting guest suggestions and contact info for them, phone number or website.
Paul’s Twitter account.
If you get a Bounced E-Mail
If you email to any of the artbell.com addresses listed above and your message is bounced back to you and the reason stated is that your email server has been Grey-Listed, please understand that this is a method used to thwart spam and viruses. Your email server should attempt a resend and we should get it, if your server is deemed friendly.
What is GreyListing?
Greylisting is a technique we use to help differentiate misconfigured servers from spammers and virus-writers.
A variety of standards and best practices exist around the protocols used to send emails and identify their senders (SMTP and DNS). Most servers follow these standards very closely. Spammers and email virus writers, on the other hand, are just as uninterested in standards as they are laws against what they do.
If (and only if) a standards compliance problem is detected with a sending server, the message it’s sending is refused by us, and the sending server is added to the greylist. If the server tries to send that same message again a little later (one to four hours, depending on how messed up the server is), the message will be allowed and that server will be automatically added to a whitelist of servers that have passed the test.
Legitimate mail servers are required to queue messages and try them again later, so to them greylisting is a temporary inconvenience (plus it puts messages in their logs telling them to fix whatever problem(s) got them on the list). Viruses, on the other hand, have to fit their SMTP engines into small spaces; even if they wanted to implement a system that retried messages, they typically have no place to queue them. Greylisting is thus very effective against viruses in general, even new viruses that standard virus scans don’t know to detect. Spam senders are somewhere in the middle; many use poorly-written software that simply sends out as much as it can as fast as it can, ignoring errors, and greylisting can be a pretty effective barrier to those.
The greylist (and the associated auto-whitelist) is on a per-sending-server basis and is shared by all of our email forwarding domains. Once auto-whitelisted, a legitimate server stays there until it goes 32 days without sending any mail; every time a message goes through, the clock resets. So as long as a server sends a message to someone using our email forwarding service at least once per month, it will stay in the clear.
In the event of a conflict, the spam blacklist (a list of known spam sources) overrides the auto-whitelist, so if a sending server is identified as a spam source sometime after being auto-whitelisted, its messages will still be thwarted.