Re: Challenge-response mail filters considered harmful
> From email@example.com Thu Aug 7 08:02:00 2003
It is estimated that half of all the emails sent daily are spam.
99.9% of that does nothing but waste bandwidth, routing resources, and
server space, as well as energy and people's valuable time.
Connection slow? Can't access a favorite site? Mail service down again for
maintenance? Mail didn't arrive? ISP accounts too costly? Having to constantly
update your spam filters or purchase new applications or pay for tech support?
We have to do something REAL about the spam problem.
Obviously, conventional strategies, which have been tested now for a decade,
don't work at all. Every year the percentage of Internet resources devoted
to handling spam grows. As does user-side expense and hassle.
But the widespread use of CR systems would eliminate spam from the face of
No other strategy/program will accomplish this.
If you are opposed to CR systems then you are FOR spam, regardless of the
word games you play with yourself and others.
As long as people accept anonymous mail, there will be spam and crankmail.
And there is only ONE way to determine whether mail is anonymous or not.
Require them to PROVE that the return address is valid, and that a real
human being is minding it.
For Linux/Bash users: Eliminate spam with the Mailbox-Sentry-Program.
See: http://tinyurl.com/inpd for the scripts and docs.