Do we expect to resolve anything by continuing
this discussion here at this time?
We don't know if we don't try. Should we just wait for a Presidential
blue-ribbon committee, or a direct-marketing consortium report, or a study
by the Attorney General? Would you rather that someone else decided for
you, including the potential changes that would affect your ability to use
I wrote a couple of suggestions in a reply to "spam and fax," but nobody
seems to have noticed.
Again, the subject itself has great value to us all,
but the current discussion does not, other than a
release of written steam, if you will, which all of
us are being subjected to, in some cases against our
Of all groups using the Internet, I'd expect people contributing to the IETF
to understand the absurdity of expecting the rest of the world to censor its
output rather than filter its input. In other words, if you aren't
interested in the messages you see on the list, don't read them. I delete
most of the traffic I see on this list most of the time, because many issues
aren't of direct interest to me, and often I have nothing to contribute.
But I don't send messages to the list telling them to stop talking about
things because it's such a tremendous burden on me to press the delete key
on my PC.
While I realize I am capable of deleting everything
even mentioning SPAM from the ietf list ...
... I would point out that I did so this morning already,
when I (after not checking email for 12 hours) had 140+
such items to delete.
Click the first item, hold down shift, click the last item, then press
Delete. I can do this in a second or two. In fact, I do it all the time,
on many different lists.
This is getting nowhere fast, and I reiterate the request
to take it offline, please.
I've never complained about anything on this list, and I've certainly
received many thousands of messages in which I had absolutely no interest.
The fact that I'm not interested in them doesn't mean that others should
stop discussing them just to allow me to rest my index finger. I'm not the
only person on this list or on the Internet, and I don't expect or ask the
rest of the world to produce only the e-mail messages that I find acceptable
I find this to be a sensible and considerate policy, and the only one that
really can be practically implemented, anyway. I submit it for your
consideration. I won't even charge a consulting fee for the time I spent
reading your complaint and replying to it.