Unsolicited email (aka Spam) is network abuse!
Msen reserves the right to terminate an account without notice
for what Msen considers unacceptable use of network resources.
This covers unsolicited messages sent directly via email, redirected through Msen's email servers, sent
to Majordomo mailing lists, or posted to Usenet newsgroups.
Msen charges offenders $100.00 plus $150.00 per hour
cleanup costs per occurrence. These charges apply, even if we choose to terminate the account.
Email address forgery
Forgery of the from or return email address to one not owned by the user will be considered abuse and subject to these
same penalties. This will be regardless of the number of recipients. If the mail was sent from your PPP login session,
you are responsible for it.
Off network spam advertising your web site
Use of an email account not operated by Msen (i.e. Hotmail.com) for the purpose of advertising a web site
hosted at one of Msen.com's servers violates this policy.
Open Mail Relay
Spammers search the Internet for machines that have been configured to "trust everyone" when sending email.
This was the common setting in the early, research days of the Internet, but is dangerous in today's
commercial market. Today, one must configure mail machines running SMTP server software
(MS Exchange, Sendmail, QMail, Lotus Notes) to deny relaying email from outside IP addresses.
Failure to do so allows spammers to use your machine as a "spam exploder", turning one mail message to
your machine into 100 spams sent to various email addresses. All of your available bandwidth is used in
sending this junk mail.
Therefore, any machine found as an open relay, before or after an incident, will be charged a fine.
It must deny firstname.lastname@example.org sending mail to email@example.com by sending it to your machine.
If the mail was sent or relayed by your PPP login session, you are responsible for it.
Open Mailing Lists
Mailing lists should be configured to prohibit posts except by list members. This will
prevent a spammer from using your mailing list to send spam to all list members.
Guidelines for sending mass email
There are legitimate uses for mass mailings: Many companies use mailing lists to keep in touch with customers.
If you are sending mass mailings, you must be able to show to Msen one of the following:
Registration by each recipient on a guest book, web-board, direct email or on paper, requesting email information.
Outside registration at a non-online event where the event materials clearly state that
email addresses will be used for promotional use. (i.e. Attendance and registration at a Novell Netware seminar is
not sufficient for receiving product announcements about Novell products unless the registration materials
clearly state that the email address will be used for them.)
Ownership of a Majordomo mailing list maintained at Msen where the recipients have signed up for the list.
E-mail addresses in the list must be deliverable. Any account which generates 15 or more "Undeliverable" or "Bounced"
messages in a single 24 hour period will be considered abusive.
The email must include the source of the address in the body of the message, preferably at the top. Majordomo lists are
exempt, as they are self documenting. Examples of properly formatted email might contain one of these at the top of the
You are receiving this email because you attended the Internet
Show at the Novi Expo Center on 11/14/2000 and registered an email
You received this because you registered in the guest-book at http://www.mydomain.com.
You must promptly remove anyone from your list when they request it.
The use of a "targeted" list purchased or received from another source is prohibited. These
professional spam lists are not targeted, and are not your work in collecting a contact list of interested customers.
Guidelines for posting to Usenet
Limit your posting to 5 newsgroups or less. People don't want to see the same stuff over and over again.
If you are posting to a binaries group, your posting must contain a binary that is relevant.
If you are posting an adult picture, post only in the alt.binaries.pictures.* groups. Rec.nude is not for pictures.
Limit your postings to once per week.
99% of Usenet newsgroups have charters prohibiting advertisements. If the newsgroup charter denies
posting of advertisements to the newsgroup, you are limited to a five line advertising trailer, ie. signature, in your
message, which must be a contributing response> to a current discussion. Starting a new topic thread to advertise you
product is not allowed.
The more restrictive policy of the charter or these rules will be enforced.
XXX - Adult pages
Msen's policy is not to impose censorship on network access, but constructing fences high enough so children cannot see
over them is common sense and good practice. Msen recognizes both the both the rights of children to have access to
electronic information and adults rights to not be censored to what is safe for a child. That is why we impose
restrictions on web pages that contain adult material.
If the user has gone to the trouble of configuring and using software that filters the incoming content, publishers need
to label the content that has a chance of being objectional.
Msen insists that adult web pages be tagged in their
<HEAD> section with the meta tag that defines
the content of the page to browsers that are aware of the PICS protocol. Since the standard is an open and undefined one,
we have chosen two self rating systems:
"The RSACi system has been incorporated into the Microsoft browser, Internet Explorer 3.0+ and into the leading software
blocking device, CyberPatrol. Netscape honors RSaci and SafeSurf via their Help->Netwatch service."
How to properly construct adult pages:
Read the documentation at http://www.rsac.org/ and
Install the RSACi meta tag on all adult pages of
<META http-equiv="PICS-Label" content='(PICS-1.1 "http://www.rsac.org/ratingsv01.html" l
comment "RSACi North America Server" r (n 0 s 0 v 0 l 0))'>
Change the bold text, per the instrunctions at the website, for nudity, sex, violence and language.
Read the documentation at http://www.safesurf.com.
Install the SafeSurf meta tag on all adult pages of
<META http-equiv="PICS-Label" content='(PICS-1.0 "http://www.classify.org/safesurf/" l r (SS~~000 8 SS~~004 7))'>
Change the bold text, per the instructions at the website.
The given example identifies a page as "Adults Only" and "Erotic frontal nudity".
Place the icons on your homepage so that parents know that you have done your work to protect
their children. See examples below.
Either place the meta tags also on the "You must be 18+" page so children never get to even see the page, or
place a notice simular to the following near the adult or child buttons.