- Domain/IP input field:
You can enter another Domain name (with machine name/subnets if
desired) or IP address to be looked up here. Then hit the Submit
Be warned that clicking on this link will take you to the offending
The item being looked up is bolded. There may be other items
listed than the specific item requested. If the requested item is a:
- domain name (e.g. "spammer.com"): the corresponding IP
address will be included, (determined by 'gethostbyname()').
- domain name with server/subnet name(s)
(e.g. "www.spammer.com"): it will be decomposed to the domain name
and all intermediates will be included.
- IP address: it will be decomposed down to the Class A
address, and each lookup included.
Any row that is not in use for spam prevention is shown with a gray
background. In some cases, Vintners.Net has chosen to display the
results of an external RBL even though we're not using it for spam
blocking, strictly for informational purposes. For example, at one
time we were displaying 'spamcop' in order to see if they tend to list
the same spam sources we get, although we weren't actually using them
for blocking due to their excessively slow response time.
Any row that indicates a block against the requested lookup will be
shown with a light green background.
This column is broken down into up to 4 subcolumns:
- Col 1 Blocklist or lookup tool name:
Clicking on this will take you to the homepage for that external
blocklist or lookup tool.
- Col 2 y/n:
Indicates whether Vintners.Net is currently using this mechanism for
spam prevention. May also be blank if this line is strictly a
- Col 3 y/n:
The Vintners.Net local blocklist and whitelist will offer a y/n
indicating whether this Domain/IP is currently being blocked by the
'outhouse'. Bear in mind that a Domain/IP may be listed, having
sent spam in the past, but is no longer being actively blocked, for
whatever reason. In other words, history is preserved -- entries
are "delisted", not "deleted". If you are an 'outhouse'
administrator you will also be offered a button to list/delist as
- Col 3 Domain/IP:
For any external blocklist/lookup tool, there will be a link with
the requested lookup. Clicking this will take you to that
RBL/lookup website, with a request to do this lookup there. If the
requested lookup is blocked by this tool, the local lookup result
will be shown, with a comment about what it means.
- Col 4 comments:
If present, it will show any comments associated with this
- Submitters/Nominators column:
This lists several submitter/nominator mechanisms.
Clicking on the name in the left column will take you to the homepage
of the submitter/nominator.
The right column may contain:
- a button:
If you are an 'outhouse' administrator, clicking on the associated
button will cause 'outhouse' to perform the action for you. If you
are not an administrator, you will be taken to the external website
at their request screen with the appropriate data filled in ready
- "(no ID)":
Some of the external submitters/nominators require "evidence" of the
spam. These are email based, and require a copy of the received
spam. If the 'outhouse' does not have an associated evidence record
for this IP/Domain, this will be shown.
If a date is shown, that is the date when the 'outhouse' first
nominated/submitted this IP/Domain to the external RBL. Some
external nominators will gripe back at you if you resubmit, so this
mechanism prevents the 'outhouse' from doing that.
Rows are of two types -- always present, or shown only when "listed".
The basic three Vintners.Net Local Blocklist rows ("Always Ignore",
BlockList, and WhiteList) will always be shown. The reason for this
is that the administrator should always be shown the Add/Remove
button, regardless of which state it's currently in.
If this entry is on the "Don't Lookup" list, this row will be
shown -- omitted if not. There's no need for an Add
button for this function as this add is performed automatically by the
script any time a lookup times out at 81+ seconds.
When displaying an IP address, ARIN and OPENRBL will always be shown.
These are lookup-only sites, thus are always useful.
Most other external blocklists will be selected to show up only when
this address/domain is listed. However, this is selectable in the
Outhouse Configuration, and the Outhouse Administrator may have
selected, for whatever reason, to always show some favorite RBL.