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Re: [anti-spam-wg@localhost] feasibility of antispam actions

  • From: der Mouse < >
  • Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 01:05:52 -0400 (EDT)

> Also a successful solution IMHO must make it impossible for some
> competing ISPs to gain advantage over the others by not applying the
> policies and "collect" all customers that find this uncomfortable or
> stressful to handle.

If you're talking about "customers" as in email receivers, I don't see
this as an issue.  There is nothing whatever wrong with having
providers that accept all mail, and picking up the customers that
prefer their mail unfiltered, with others doing various forms of
filtering and picking up the customers who like _that_.

If you're talking about "customers" as in email senders, I don't see
this as much of an issue either.  It's a domain's owner, not a sender's
provider, that is responsible for anti-forgery precautions like these.
There would be a place for market differentiation among people who
offer "we do it all for you" support, but I don't see that as a problem
either.

> If those have a large enough market share the solution will either
> not work globally or split the Internet in two seperate parts (as
> seen from the position of email structure).  Both is undesirable.

Yes...but the latter would, at least to me, be an acceptable outcome;
I'd be in the no-spam-here part, even if that means giving up email
connectivity to the "Internet for e-business" and "grandma getting
birthday-party pictures from Joe and Helen" crowds.  (Not an ideal
outcome, no.  But an acceptable one.)

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