At 10:14 PM -0800 2/23/03, Chuq Von Rospach wrote:
a combination of good whitelists and good spam analysis software
will go a long way towards getting the spam problem under control.
Perhaps from a list-manager's or an end-user's point of view, but not
from a network-provider's point of view. If you make the list-based
or user-based filtering systems more effective (i.e., they drop more
spam, and allow less through), how are the spammers going to respond?
They're simply going to throw more spam at the filtering systems, to
increase the amount that gets through. The list or the end user
might not see it, but the load on the network provider (bandwidth,
spool space, processing horsepower, etc.) goes up considerably.
If you really want to address spam, you've got to address it at all
levels, including the network level, not just the list or end-user
level. Otherwise you're just pushing the problem off onto somebody
else, and the whole email ecosystem is still going to collapse.
Brent Chapman <brent @