No Spam Decrease, Despite The Big Spam Bust

from the keeps-going-and-going-and-going-and-going dept

Last week, in talking about the "big" spam bust, we focused on the key question: if this busted group was such a big player in the spamworld, would it actually decrease the amount of spam we are seeing? The answer, apparently, is no. Slashdot points us to the news that spam levels remained about the same, even as officials claimed that the spam ring they busted may have represented 30% of the world's spam. There seem to be a few different theories as to why: such as the idea that the botnet these spammers controlled was set to keep on spamming automatically (which could mean a later decrease in spam), as well as the idea that other spammers quickly took control over the botnet (or were given control over it), and the suggestion that other spammers simply cranked up their own spamming operations to fill the void. So, yes, it's great that some big spammers have been arrested, but at what point is an effort made to actually stop the amount of spam that's flowing?
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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Oct 2008 @ 10:00pm

    Re: What does this mean?

    Your Contact Us Form isn't working. A few months back, you kindly requested us to use the CONTACT US form instead of playing Grammar Nazi.

    In the 1st sentence, who is "THIS" referring to? When I read the story all the way through, we're missing a reference point.

    I didn't want to post this as a comment, but it got me thinking. You and I both hate grammar nazis, and it seems that all too often people want to blast off a comment saying how you need a semi-colon or change case, or re-word a sentence to make a point.

    Have you thought about adding "write the author" button or something similar that would enable someone like myself to bounce an email back to the originating author?

    As a function of this button, if the post has more than 5 comments, the button should be disabled and not shown to the user.

    Why make this a functional requirement?
    Well, you want to prioritize grammatical/fact errors, not provide a method for mad companies to find a way to reach you without seeing the DCMA notice, et al.


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