| it would probably please me to see a few spammers have their hands
| (or other body parts) cut off on worldwide television, but I don't
| know that that would solve the problem.
The problem is pretty clearly economic in that sending spam is close
to free; it probably makes sense to look at economic solutions. As
far back as 1995, Marshall Rose was charging (via First Virtual) to
read email from you if you were not on a white list. Perhaps the IETF
should consider standardizing such a charging mechanisms?
this is a complex problem; it needs to be understood from several
different perspectives: fixed users, mobile users, ISPs, even spammers.
off-the-cuff proposals seem unlikely to help.