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Submission + - Should SpamRats! charge for access to it's RBL? (spamrats.com)

Linuxmagic writes: "We have a dilemna that we could use some SlashDot readers input in. We have had open access to our RBL for some time, and given the effectiveness of it, it is not surprising that we get more users all the time. Being a company that is founded on open principles as much as possible, the idea of some 'give back' has always been appealing to us, but now that we find more and more cases of people making money on our data collection efforts, some abusers of the priveleges, and just the sheer volume of demand, we are considering should we go the way many other RBL's have, and start charging in some way for access to the data. We are a business after all, and the more people use it, the more resources we should assign to it. We originally built it to solve our own needs, and our MagicMail deployments make for a great data collection grid, but keeping it available does cost us. We would like to get feedback from users, on whether we should commoditize this data, charge only commercial operators, change the way we distribute it, or simply put a small fee on it for everyone. Comments?"

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