> I'm sorry. I just don't see any grey area here. Unsolicited
> Commercial Email (UCE) is evil, plain and simple. There is no
> redeeming social value to UCE.
> I suspect that most people only see this problem from the perspective of
> their personal mail box. Deleting a couple dozen pieces of spam a day
> doesn't take but a few seconds. Internet service providers have a
> different point of view. Most of the spam being sent today is being
> relayed through unsuspecting Internet service providers. The spammers
> hand off the task of delivering millions of emails to any unprotected
> mail system they can find in the net. In many cases, the additional load
> shuts down the mail system which has been hijacked. Legitimate mail
> services are lost until the system administrator can set up appropriate
> filters to prevent mail from being sent by his system without permission.
I very much have the ISP perspective at heart.
These are good *concerns* not good points - in fact they merely argue
against your initial statement. People abusing mail relays is not the same
as UCE even if they are related. If a large number of people considered it
fun to mass mail null accounts that bounce errors into the ether we still
ahve all the same problems but no UCE. It *is* possible to have UCE
without any of the problems you mention.
> Spam is not a trivial problem.
> Unsolicited Commercial Email is theft of
> services. As long as commercial spammers don't bear the true cost of
> delivering their junk mail, the problem will only get worse.
UCE is frequently delievred in this way - but here's nothing to stop UCE
from not causing these concerns.
Jeez - I hate actually looking like I'm defending UCE as it is near
universally conducted. Don't get me wrong - I abhore the sort of UCE that
occurs and that you are referring to (I'd probably even go further than
that). It's probably just that I've done too much logic/philosophy in my
time to accept a false argument.
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