May 4th, 2005, 07:08 PM
AOL Filters Block Emergency Weather E-Mails
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Efforts by one Florida county to put out weather alerts by e-mail have hit a high-tech roadblock: AOL is tagging the messages as spam.
The problem dates back to last year's unusually busy hurricane season when Indian River County was hit by two major storms -- Frances and Jeanne.
Some 4,200 people signed up for the county's e-mail alert service, which offers quick alerts on hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather emergencies.
But a county computer software engineer says because e-mail is sent out in large numbers, "it becomes a pattern for spam senders."
The county is working with AOL to fix the problem. In the meantime, AOL users are being told to put the county's e-mail account in their computer's address book so their computers know to accept the messages.
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May 4th, 2005, 07:19 PM
I would not agree it's AOL. I think the county needs to reevaluate the idea of delivering critical service through inherently unreliable medium.
May 4th, 2005, 10:52 PM
Er... The internet came out of DARPA, (the military), and was designed to withstand a nuclear attack.... How much more "reliable" do you think it should be....
I think the county needs to reevaluate the idea of delivering critical service through inherently unreliable medium.
The only unreliable thing in this story is AOL, (specifically it's spam filter), but then again AOL being unreliable isn't exactly news.....
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May 5th, 2005, 01:14 AM
man...you people complain when AOL doesnt work, and now you complain when it does. I hate AOL but the fact of the matter is, the filter is doing exactly what it was made to do. It is just working too well. But I do agree that an email isnt exactly early warning for a storm. maybe they should just call people instead?