__/ [Larry Qualig] on Tuesday 07 February 2006 01:51 \__
> Roy Culley wrote:
>> Big net firms are trying to stop spammers by charging to deliver
>> e-mail messages.
>> AOL and Yahoo plan to charge fees of up to one cent (US) per
>> message to those that sign up for the service.
>> Paying the fees means that messages will not go through spam
>> filters, are guaranteed to arrive and will bear a stamp of
>> Both AOL and Yahoo said they would start offering the service
>> within the next few months.
>> Cash call
>> The optional charging plan is meant for those organisations that
>> send a lot of e-mail and do not want their messages mistaken for
>> spam. Organisations that do not want to sign up will be able to
>> send mail the old-fashioned way.
>> And organisations / people who don't sign up will find all their email
>> deleted as spam no doubt. Can't see this 'scam' working somehow.
> I have serious issues with AOL and Yahoo charging for email. But then
> again... they are in business to make money so their intention is
AOL? Yahoo? The majority spam is sent merely passively. They could stop
'manual spam', but are they truly /that/ ignorant?
> A simple solution would be for ISPs to put a daily/weekly limit on how
> much email can be sent. A reasonable amount would be something like 500
> emails a day. Limiting to 500 (or whatever) emails a day would limit
> how much spam could be sent from any one email account. Individuals on
> the other hand wouldn't be affected. (What was the last time you sent
> 500 emails in one day?)
That would crush challenge/response filters, which in turn only would expose
more people to spam. E-mail is also being used for verification, so the idea
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