Yet Another Plan To Stop Spam

from the implementation? dept

I guess this is spam week. Here’s another story with an idea about how to prevent spam. The idea is to combine two ideas that have been discussed previously. First, start having ISPs charge for emails sent. Include about 1,000 free emails per month so your average person has no problem, and then make the additional fees very small – but noticeable if you’re sending out millions of messages. Or, possibly allow people to get out of paying fees if they can prove they’re legit. Second, is to somehow require real sender identification information – and have a system to automatically block any email that doesn’t have this authentication. They’re both interesting ideas, but they seem way too costly to implement – and I wouldn’t be surprised if spammers found their way around both very quickly. Update: Another spam story. This one, though, looks at spam recently received to say what it says about us. If spam really reflects what online folks want, then it turns out that we’re all short on cash, obsessed with porn, sexually insecure, overweight, spammers ourselves, obsessed with movies, and very very gullible.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Yet Another Plan To Stop Spam”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...