How to Manage Your Whitelist (SPAM.CONTROL)

URL: ftp://winlink.org/SPAM.txt
Winlink SPAM Control Options
(Found in WL2K_HELP category, item SPAM.CONTROL)

Updated June 1, 2015

The WL2K Whitelist mail filter is an account feature in all Winlink accounts. It is a mechanism for the positive control of spam from internet accounts sending mail inbound to users of the Winlink system. Winlink user-to-Winlink user mail is not subject to its action. Here is how it works:

To be delivered to a Winlink user, ANY MESSAGE FROM THE INTERNET must have a sender's 'from' address or domain name listed in the recipient's whitelist, OR, the sender must include the character sequence "//WL2K" in the subject line of the message. If the "//WL2K" character string is found in the subject line, the message will bypass filtering and be forwarded to all of the Winlink addresses in the message 'to' and 'cc' lines. Messages inbound from the internet which do not pass these rules are not delivered and are bounced back to the sender with a service message that includes a link to this informative message.

Example:
Subject://WL2K (then any other normal subject content to follow).

There are certain exceptions: Messages from the saildocs.com, sailmail.com, and certain other domains will be accepted unconditionally except where a recipient specifically blocks that domain name in their whitelist.

How does an address get added to my whitelist?
1. Each message you send from your Winlink account to a recipient at an Internet E-mail address will be automatically recorded in your Whitelist.
2. You may send a special message to the SYSTEM, giving it instructions for changes to your whitelist. (See below).

How to manage your whitelist via mail messages:
Changes are made by sending special messages containing instructions to the system, outlined below, one line per individual instruction:

From your @Winlink account, send a message as follows:

To: [email protected]
Subject: WHITELIST
[In the message body, the following commands are available.]

LIST: [will return a list of all whitelist entries]

ACCEPT: [email protected] [will allow messages from [email protected] to be accepted and delivered to you. You may send multiple lines with any command, each containing one e-mail address.

REJECT: [email protected] [will reject any messages from [email protected]. You may send multiple lines, each containing one e-mail address.

DELETE: [email protected] [will remove [email protected] from your Whitelist. You may send multiple lines, each containing one e-mail address per line.

Addresses without an "@" will be treated as "domain names". For example, if "ACCEPT: arrl.org" were entered, then any message bearing any address using that domain (arrl.org) will be accepted.

Examples

[Suggestion. Send this first, and retrieve the reply containing your list as the system currently has it. Use it as a reference to modify your list with further system messages.]
TO: [email protected]
Subject: WHITELIST
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List:

TO: [email protected]
Subject: WHITELIST
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Accept: [email protected]

TO: [email protected]
Subject: WHITELIST
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Accept: [email protected]
Accept: [email protected]
Accept: [email protected]
Delete: [email protected]
Delete: [email protected]
Reject: [email protected]
Reject: nogood.com
Accept: yadda.com
Accept: ARRL.org
Accept: ARRL.net

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Old versions of Airmail have an OFF and ON option for the WHITELIST and the WHITELIST NOTICE in "Options Messages". These are no longer meaningful or functional since the Whitelist option is no longer optional. Please, always use current software!

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