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Re: Challenge-response mail filters considered harmful

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On Thu, Aug 07, 2003 at 08:55:03AM -0700, Alan Connor wrote:
> 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.

I agree.  However, CR is a self-destructive method of handling the
problem.  It does nothing to discourage spammers and is about as
effective as an individual user just hitting delete (JHD).  We all
know how effective JHD has been.

> But the widespread use of CR systems would eliminate spam from the face of
> the earth.

In much the same way ignoring the idea that a third of the world hates
the US helped save the US from 9/11, right?

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