The Automation List at and control of spam

I've been a member of the Automation List at since I can't remember when...certainly back in the early 1990s. I've participated regularly, and written approvingly about the A-list and the public service that Control Technology Corporation provides to this profession. The A-list is the most successful automation discussion forum in the world. If you're an A-list member, and wonder why I haven't been posting for the last couple of weeks, the reason is quite simple. I've been banned as a spammer. I can read the list still, but when I try to respond, I get emails from something called that says that my emails have been identified as spam and they've stopped my mail at their server and trashed it. I tried to contact the list manager at by email, and stopped that too. The webmaster address at gives me the same thing. That, by the way, is a violation of the internet rules (yes, there are rules) and they should not be doing that. Today, I found out who is. It is a small foundation in Massachussetts, run by Ken Crater, the founder of somebody I've been friends with for many years. I'm hoping that my email to Ken, personally, will get through. I'm hoping that this is a big mistake, and it is entirely accidental. But that's why, A-list friends, I haven't been posting.
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  • <p>Perfect example of how spam filters let spam through and stop the good stuff. Happens to me all the time with incoming mail, and it has also happened more than once with editorial inquiries from me to vendors.</p>


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