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What is up with hotmail and SPF ?

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Category: Spam Filter ISP
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Forum Description: General support for Spam Filter ISP
Printed Date: 23 March 2018 at 2:54am

Topic: What is up with hotmail and SPF ?
Posted By: Lee
Subject: What is up with hotmail and SPF ?
Date Posted: 28 December 2004 at 8:54pm

Can anyone explain what is going on with Hotmail and their SPF records ?

I always get Soft failures from them.

found SPF record: v=spf1 ~all
12/28/04 20:09:34:143 -- (273) found SPF record: v=spf1 ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ip4: ~all
12/28/04 20:09:34:143 -- (273) SPF query result:
12/28/04 20:09:34:143 -- (273) - SPF analysis for done: - softfail

Posted By: LogSat
Date Posted: 28 December 2004 at 11:06pm

I recommend going to the SPF website at" CLASS="ASPForums" TITLE="WARNING: URL created by poster. - for more accurate info. That said, the "softfail" is a switch (the ~ in front of the last ~all) that tells anti-spam software how the host (hotmail) would like emails that fail the filter to be handled. Softfail means that hotmail would like such emails to be "flagged" as spam, but would prefer to have them delivered. This is supposed to be used during a rollout phase of SPF.

Roberto F. LogSat Software

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