The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59388   Message #949131
Posted By: NicoleC
09-May-03 - 01:07 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?
Or to be more explicit -- the fees you pay your ISP pay for all the spam you receive, or DON'T receive, because your ISP spends money and time blocking it.

Does anyone see a need for "second class mail" on the Net?

Cute idea, but there's no reason spammers would set heir mail to be second class anymore than they are likely to include the prefix letters "ADV:" in their subject. (As was proposed as a standard a long time ago and still occasionally used... but rarely.)

I hate getting junk mail via snail mail, too, but at least the folks sending it PAID for it to go out to me. And bulk junk mail effecgively subsidizes out US Postal Service, keeping stamp rates pretty low. It's annoying, but it doesn't cost me anything except another walk to the garbage can.

Email is like COD -- the recipient pays to receive the email.

It almost makes me want to see an internet email system where you pay to SEND mail, which goes to the ISP of the recipient. Fairly legit marketers will gladly pay $.03 per email because they have a legitimate product to sell, and it's cheaper than smail mail or newspaper ads, or all other kinds of advertising.

But the get-rich-quick and bogus schemes that make up the vast majority of internet flotsam would stop. I suspect it would also encourage a lot more people to keep their virus scanner up to date -- one worm that mass emails itself to everyone in your address book could be costly.

Maybe internet plans would be like cell phone plans... you get so many free emails per month and pay whatever rate after that. Like the original internet plans, which included rates for connection hours, not "unlimited" usage.