Mutual Internet
Practices Asssoc.

About Scope


Anti-Spam Operations

Defining best current practices for email operators to use.



Carl Hutzler, Dave Crocker, Pete Resnick, Robert Sanders and Eric Allman pulled together a draft IETF BCP (Best Current Practices) document as a result of a number of discussions between some IRTF ASRG members and the old ASTA (antispam technical alliance) group.

The latest version of the document has been submitted to the IETF. We have gone through 5 drafts now with reasonable review during each stage. The document is now in the final stages of the IETF approval cycle.

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If you are not familiar with the document, the main ideas expressed are how:

  • To improve lines of accountability for controlling abusive uses of the Internet mail service. (when abuse happens, which party is responsible)
  • To provide recommendations for constructive operational policies between independent operators of email transmission services including the submission (or posting) of email into the transmission network (certainly very relevant to the deployment of DKIM and other email authentication type technologies)

We are at a stage in the life cycle of this document where it would be helpful to see a renewed support from the technical community. (FYI, Bert Wijnen is the IETF Operations and Management Area Director who we have been working with on this final stage.)

So how can you help?  Simple!

Just reply back to me or any of the authors (email addresses available in the document itself) with words of support:
  • How this document might help you justify doing the right thing (maybe to your management)
  • How this document helps establish inter-ISP best practices and breakdown of responsibilities for abuse situations
  • How this document helps establish important operational practices in the area of Email Authentication deployment
  • Other?

We will pull together the words of support and provide them to Bert as a way to show the level of interest in getting this thing through.



Current version: draft-hutzler-spamops (txt )



The document has been submitted to the IETF, for publication as a Best Current Practice (BCP) RFC.

The submission request provided background to the effort at writing the draft and developing support for it.



Public discussion about these efforts is at

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