Re: [Asrg] Forwarding again, was Adding a spam button to MUAs

John Levine <johnl@taugh.com> Thu, 10 December 2009 07:17 UTC

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>> This feels too abusable.  We know that spammers sign up for sham
>> accounts at freemail services and send themselves lots of spam to
>> game systems that use a complaint percentage.  They could easily set
>> up a lot of fake forwards, which feel like they'd be useful for some
>> kind of statistics gaming.
>
>But the forward would only be validated for those users who validated
>it, so the spammers gain only the ability to spam their own accounts.

If the ISP is counting messages, all those "forwards" with no complaints
could screw up the statistics.

>> address books and mailing lists, to his AOL account.  Getting him to
>> do a magic message thing would be non-trivial.
>
>Does he know the address of the role account?  That's all he'd need.

I could him the address, but then I'd have to explain why I wanted him
to do this thing when he's already getting his mail, and then where to
find the setup page at his ISP, etc. etc.  Like I said, it's
non-trivial.

>(Also, the system need not work for everybody; 10% information is a
>lot higher than providers get now.)

It's marginal and it's a distraction.  Any suggestions on how to make
a working spam button for POP accounts?

R's,
John