Horrible Service Agreements
adrian at ourworld.net
Tue Dec 2 05:27:26 UTC 1997
On Mon, 1 Dec 1997, Vadim Antonov wrote:
> John R. Levine wrote:
> > The problem is that it is of great value
> > to me that any of the 100 million legitimate users on the net can
> > easily send me e-mail and I can respond to them equally easily, and a
> > "solution" that cuts them out to get rid of the spammers is cutting
> > off your nose, both ears, and about nine fingers, to spite your face.
> That's one big mistake. Before anybody will easily send you e-mail
> he has to get your address from somewhere and determine somehow that
> the person is interested in hearing from you. That process can just
> as well include obtaining personal or community authorization.
Erm, say you put your address on a webpage.
Now, whats the difference between someone clicking it and sending you some
'signed' email (the key being on the page or embedded in the mailto: tag
or some crap), and an email-address-grabbing-webcrawler grabbing your
email address AND the signing information too? Whoops, that idea goes out
No matter how you put it on the page, I'm sure someone will write a
program that is intelligent enough to extract the info.
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