Spam stinks. No argument from me.
> >blackhole about a dozen addresses that have never existed, simply
> >because spammers think they must be real and continue to send spam to them.
I take reasonable care to keep the lists clean. If I see what's clearly
an automated subscription, I'll bounce it immediately. I do keep the
subscriber list private. When I see people mirroring the lists on the
web, I do ask them to remove them or hide the emails.
I'm not evil. I'm not selling your names to spammers. I have no reason
to think Sourceforge is, either.
The world is a dangerous place place.
Just last week, I was setting up a new domain. The domain had only been
online less than an hour. While I was configuring email - mind you, this
is a domain that was never announced, let alone used to send mail - I
counted seventeen spams received in the first hour that domain existed.
It's boggling how aggressively these guys spray their warez around the
'net. So that domain is currently receiving a divide-by-zero error on
the spam to actual email received ratio.
I, too, have had email forever; internet _and_ uunet/uucp before that.
In the 90's when spamming was coming into vogue, I ambitiously tracked
down every postmaster involved and did get some accounts cancelled and
banned. But there's just too many to do that with these days.
> The Attorney General is working to extend its provisions to cell phones
> and fax machines.
> If I read the 'lie of the land' correctly, email spam will soon follow.
The U.S. "Can Spam" law went into effect in 2004. I've observed it
to make zero difference. This is a technology problem that needs a
technical solution - I cringe when the goverment gets involved in those
kinds of things.
But we're here to talk about waypoints, tracks, and routes and not my