The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59388   Message #949104
Posted By: JohnInKansas
09-May-03 - 12:32 AM
Thread Name: BS: Spam and Porn - how to get rid of it?
Subject: RE: BS: Spam and Porn - how to get rid of it?
Doug -

Within reason, we all want the minimum of controls on the net. The problem is that "advertising" broadcasts of email messages now account for 50 to 80 percent of all net traffic, depending on who's estimate you look at, and it's a significant burden on those who provide the net. And no, it doesn't cost them anything extra to send all that stuff - which is why they can afford to do it the way they do.

If you're fortunate enough to be behind a "filter" that prevents you from seeing everything that people attempt to send - assuming even one of them knows your email address and has passed it around - recent analyses of current best filtering hardware and software available would indicate that at least 1 or 2 percent of messages you want to see are also being blocked. There's just no way to reject nearly all of the spam without rejecting at least a few valid messages.

So the freeloaders are not only annoying, they are preventing you from having the full and intended use of the internet for your own purposes (which we'll assume are all legitimate).

John