Kendo - 1:21 am on Apr 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
In this instance your using the term "IT professionals", rather loosely.
Any professional that uses his personal email servers for his IT business has a few marbles missing.
Not loosley at all. Firstly, I said "use their own mail servers" and not "uses his personal email servers" which has a totally different meaning.
Only amatuers and lazy people might use Gmail or their ISP mail for business mail. Gmail is not secure and cannot be considered private, especially when considering that the major leakage of corporate information (data leakage) has been found to be from Gmail. ISP mail usually has too many restrictions most of which are designed to suppress bulk mail and at times they can be overloaded, have a long mail queue or taken offline for regular maintenance. For example many provincial ISPs shutdown and reboot all services regularly. One major ISP in Australia reboots DNS and mail services at 3 am every morning.
So maintaining one's own mail server is the best option for anyone trading on the Internet, especially if you need to manage many domains each with several different email addresses for different staff or just to use as sacrificial anodes.
And if you are going to block my mail server then you are preventing me from signing up for or buying anything on your web site, because you will more than likely have your own mail services on the same server that is affected by your firewall rules.
But these sites have no business hitting our servers.
My point is that you don't know that for sure. I can think of scores of reasons for those hits without them being a site scraper.
I'm beginning to think you just like to argue.
Argument or open discussion of alternatives?