Re: [Asrg] Shannon Jacob's article on spam

Kee Hinckley <nazgul@somewhere.com> Mon, 19 May 2003 21:16 UTC

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To: Shannon Jacobs <shanen@acm.org>
From: Kee Hinckley <nazgul@somewhere.com>
Subject: Re: [Asrg] Shannon Jacob's article on spam
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Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 17:13:29 -0400

At 6:00 AM +0900 5/20/03, Shannon Jacobs wrote:
>However, I've already said that I think the obvious solution is to provide
>an alternative cash-up-front email system. There are plenty of things wrong
>with snail mail, but it does work quite effectively in limiting the volume
>of physical spam we receive

How would you make the transition to the system?  For some period of 
time, anyone who has committed to the new system cannot afford to 
discard normal SMTP mail.  That is a commitment of time, software 
installation, money (for software and/or sending mail), and risk 
(some other solution could succeed). During that period of time he's 
getting just as much spam, but is paying more.  How do you persuade 
people to ignore the negative economics of being an early adopter?
-- 
Kee Hinckley
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I'm not sure which upsets me more: that people are so unwilling to accept
responsibility for their own actions, or that they are so eager to regulate
everyone else's.
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