Summing up the spam problem

October 30th, 2002 Comments Off on Summing up the spam problem

Mark Pilgrim sums up the spam issues in an insightful post.

He comments on possible solutions and their effectiveness, noting that custom, isolated measures will not solve the problem in a satisfactory way. A article mentioned in his post points to the need of a distributed effort to cope with worms.

I think the same reasoning could be applied to spam. Blacklists are a step in this direction, but they are limited and sometimes penalize people good netizens which happen to be using the same network a spammer hijacked. But if the community works together, we may come up with a solution that makes spam costly to spammers — or less attractive, as Mark also puts it — and at least reduce the amount of spam flooding our mailbox everyday.

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