if we could make spamganging so illegal that they were eventually not
replaced, then their traffic would be replaced by bulk e-mail from every
customer of every CRM (customer relationship management) company in the
I'm not sure why this follows. Wiping out the fraudulent spammers would
take a War On Spam, with massive levels of propaganda to stir up public
opinion enough to justify the money it would cost. In that kind of
environment, even in the aftermath, no white hat would dare spam; their
customers would immediately turn against them.
i apologize for sounding too much like a futurist in the above-quoted text.
i did not mean to sound speculative.
i've met with these people. not just a few, but with dozens. i know what
they want to do and i know why they aren't doing it and i know how much money
they think they can make/save/both if they could only send unsolicited bulk
e-mail. the mere fact that "if everybody did it then no e-mail would ever
again be read" does not sway them at all. the mere fact that the pond was
once poisoned by evil-intending bad actors is completely irrelevant to them.
what i don't understand about the internet engineering mindset is that y'all
think you can build a universal "distributed system" for end to end
communications and that somehow it won't be used to its full potential. you
think other people will "leave money on the table". they just won't, ever!
once thinking that smtp would be the right answer for a global population,
or now thinking that smtp can be saved if we can just make abuse expensive,
is indicative of designers who think that the only consumers are Just Like
Them And Their Friends. they were but aren't, and they won't ever be again!
get a grip! the full spectrum of humanity is impossibly broad and is not
subject to the kinds of politeness rules that you think are implicit in the
act of taking every breath or step in a life. and an interpersonal batch
communication system addressing such broadness Won't look much like smtp.