F means filtered ?

Karl Denninger karl at Mcs.Net
Tue Feb 18 19:07:51 UTC 1997

> > I think actually the question that Jim was asking is whether Paul filters
> > access to the root name server he runs based on his Spam Blacklist.  It
> > seems to be a valid question.

Paul wrote:

> Yes, I do.  I have no opinion on whether spammers should or should not be
> able to reach any given root name server, including "mine", but for the time
> being I lack the hardware needed to firewall f.root-servers.net differently
> than I do the rest of my network.

Uh, that is a serious issue.

If you filter the root server that you run according to your "spam list",
then you are not providing a public service on equal footing to all comers.

I dislike spam and UCE as much as the next person, but I find this kind of
policy statement and implementation abhorrent when you're talking about a
*public* resource.

If you wish to do that its fine with me, but then F.root-servers.net needs
to be replaced by a machine which is not subject to these filters.

Root servers aren't private things, expecially when you hold them out to the

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