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RE: namedroppers, continued

2002-12-06 18:01:51
This is note quite right. While its impossible to built open system that 
would prevent all abuse, you can first of all built system that would 
provide good verification of who sender is and you can do a lot to make it 
difficult to send thousands of same emails or at least make it easy to 
identify who is doing it and give tools for sysadmins to monitor and 
prevent such activity.

On Fri, 6 Dec 2002, Vernon Schryver wrote:

From: Marc Schneiders <ietf(_at_)schneiders(_dot_)org>

It might be easier to write a new protocol to succeed email, instant
messaging, mobile phones (something useful in itself) with built-in
abuse control from the start.

That's another stupid crackpot "spam solution" that just won't go away.

You cannot have "abuse control" built into a protocol that allows
strangers to send each other mail.  Any mail protocol that lets you
receive mail from a stranger must also let the stranger send the same
message to you and to 30,000,000 of your closest friends.  On the
other hand, if you want to only accept mail from people who are not
strangers, you can use any of the many official and ad hoc SMTP
extensions to ensure you only receive mail from them.

If your computer system, mail protocol, or whatever knows that a
stranger is not a spammer, then the stranger is not really a stranger.

Vernon Schryver    vjs(_at_)rhyolite(_dot_)com

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