[Mailman-Users] The economics of spam

Jan Steinman Jan at Bytesmiths.com
Sat Jan 3 23:52:21 CET 2009

> From: Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org>
> On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 10:15:43AM -0800, Jan Steinman wrote:
>> I would willingly pay a hundredth of a cent (or so) per email sent  
>> if it
>> would reduce spam to near-zero.
> This is a thoroughly-discredited, utterly broken idea... based on  
> the ludicrous
> notion that abusers... will, for absolutely no reason
> whatsoever, suddenly and magically behave honestly and pay to send  
> mail.

No, it is based upon the idea that a system could be implemented  
whereby it would be impossible to avoid the payment.

Or should we just admit that any crook can hack any arbitrary ATM  
machine, or that any mass-marketer can send paper mail without a stamp?

I don't believe anyone in this discussion was relying on the ethics of  
voluntary payments to reduce spam.

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:::: Jan Steinman <http://www.Bytesmiths.com/Item/99-3033-17-18>

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