Am I the only person who gets mad at somebody for not answering only to find his/her answer in the antispam filter? Or worse, a person who others get mad at for not answering because they got lost in a sea of penis enlargement, affordable antidepressants and $10 dollar diplomas? I have alwas criticize Americans for being in favor of the death penalty but spammers, well maybe not the electric chair but…&%@!

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Sergio Fogel on July 27, 2008  · 

Here is a solution for spam: charge 1 cent per email message sent. Then use that money for charity, to be chosen by the receiver.

A normal person sends some 50 mails per day, that is $15 per month. A spammer cannot afford to pay even 1/1000 of that.

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Martin Varsavsky on July 28, 2008  · 

I like it Sergio!

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Michal on July 29, 2008  · 

Even better: when you send an email – you spend 1 cent, when you receive email – you earn 1 cent. Normal user sends more or less the same amount of emails he receives, so for most of us the cost would be close to zero.

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Jens on July 29, 2008  · 

Nice ideas, but so far there is one problem. Many spammers use hacked consumer PCs / accounts. That might backfire towards innocent users.

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Martin Varsavsky on July 30, 2008  · 


I like it even more!

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e8563 on July 31, 2008  · 

Jens (#4), if consumer has to pay for mails sent from his account, he and his provider will have a strong incentive to avoid being hacked for sending spam. The measures could include a limit to a number of mails during a period of time, and a feedback from the provider to user about mails sent in his name.

If users/providers/software developers carelessly let using PCs/accounts for criminal purposes – they are not 100% innocent.

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