Washington Post: Ignoring Unsubscribes

The Washington Post, one of the major newspapers in the U.S., just started emailing advertisements to the email addresses of people who have accounts there to comment. I was foolish, and provided my usual blog commenting email address instead of a tagged address that I could turn off if needed. :/ I unsubscribed, and also sent email to their ESP E-Dialog (now eBay). The unwanted advertising emails have continued. I want to warn users that either the Washington Post is ignoring unsubscribes or E-Dialog’s unsubscribe system is unconscionably slow despite having (twice now) confirmed that my email address was removed.

I don’t doubt that the Washington Post included the right to send marketing email in their agreement/notification for those who sign up for accounts, either when I signed up or as a later amendment. Not honoring unsubscribes after ten days becomes a CAN-SPAM violation, however. Not honoring unsubscribes *immediately* after you confirm that the email address has been unsubscribed qualifies as TERRIBLE manners. 🙁 I have therefore filtered all email from the Washington Post’s IP at E-Dialog into my junk folder.

The spam sample below is unredacted.

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from wpniwashpost.outbound.ed10.com (wpniwashpost.outbound.ed10.com [])
	by copernicus.ergosphere.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id E2C39C53F9
	for <ergoone@ergosphere.net>; Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:08:08 -0500 (CDT)
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; d=email.washingtonpost.com; s=ED-DKIM-V3; c=relaxed/relaxed;
	q=dns/txt; i=@email.washingtonpost.com; t=1406632088;
DomainKey-Signature: q=dns; a=rsa-sha1; c=nofws;
	s=ED2008-07; d=email.washingtonpost.com;
Received: from [] ([])
	by bm1-03.bo3.e-dialog.com (envelope-from <GWSCIY-U1YF08-AMKPNG-9YWASF-UU8LV5Q-M-M2-20140729-c85455e2b1d453@wpniwashpost.bounce.ed10.net>)
	(ecelerity r(34222M)) with ECSTREAM
	id E4/69-09942-89087D35; Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:08:08 -0400
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:08:08 -0400
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="-_-_-_-_-_1234567890"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary
MIME-Version: 1.0
From: "The Washington Post" <info@email.washingtonpost.com>
Reply-To: "The Washington Post" <info.J3JYTG.4568804@email.washingtonpost.com>
To: ergoone@ergosphere.net
Subject: {24 HOURS ONLY} Summer Sale: JUST $19
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 of Unlimited Digital Access!
Message-Id: <19216-450-GWSCIY-U1YF08-AMKPNG-9YWASF-UU8LV5Q-M-M2-20140729-c85455e2b1d453@e-dialog.com>
X-Mail-From: GWSCIY-U1YF08-AMKPNG-9YWASF-UU8LV5Q-M-M2-20140729-c85455e2b1d453@wpniwashpost.bounce.ed10.net
X-Match: wpniwashpost.bounce.ed10.net
X-RCPT-To: ergoone@ergosphere.net
X-Mailer: EDMAIL R6.00.02

Readable Email:

From: The Washington Post <info@email.washingtonpost.com>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: {24 HOURS ONLY} Summer Sale: JUST $19
— SAVE UP TO 81% OFF — for One Year


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