A few of you are having trouble receiving emails from me because you use Gmail, and Google now appears to block my firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Why? Unclear.
Here’s the message I get when I send to a gmail account with email@example.com (which is not a Gmail account, duh.)
host gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com[2607:f8b0:4003:c03::1a] said: 550-5.7.1 [2600:3c00::f03c:91ff:fe73:7305 12] Our system has detected that 550-5.7.1 this message is likely unsolicited mail. To reduce the amount of spam 550-5.7.1 sent to Gmail, this message has been blocked. Please visit 550-5.7.1 http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=188131 for 550 5.7.1 more information. kf7si2155228oeb.98 - gsmtp (in reply to end of DATA command)
Whether this is an embargo for an embargo, or I’ve been mistaken for spam, the point is clear: we should avoid centralized email services at all costs. Communication has to be decentralized.
You only need to look at the Ferguson protestors last month to see the motto “The revolution will be Twitterized, Instagrammed, and Vined” only works up until the moment the higher powers call home and tell them to switch off the realtime faucet.
Bitmessage may be a good option to continue the conversation, without collapsing centralized services and the NSA/CIA/whatever getting in the way.