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(OT: The Cost of Spam) Re(3): How do I extract contact data from websites?

by FoxtrotUniform (Prior)
on Jul 15, 2002 at 22:32 UTC ( #181952=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: How do I extract contact data from websites?
in thread how do I extract contact data from websites?

    If you want to be productive, write better filters.

This is functionally equivalent to the spammers' cry of "just hit delete". I don't pay for bandwidth on the user side of my sendmail installation; I pay for bandwidth on the user side of my ISP's internal gateway. Filters do nothing to reduce my costs, they just turn spam into a DoS attack (wasting my resources and my time) from theft of resources (using my resources to harass my users against my will). That's like turning burglary into vandalism: it's not necessarily "as bad" (though it might be worse if the RBL blacklists a busy server, or a huge bolus of spam takes down my machine), but it's still criminal.

Now, I'm willing to accept some spam as the cost of teaching people about how the net works -- it's pretty much inevitable, and generally speaking the more knowledge that's out there, the better. But let's not trivialize the cost of spam to "Just Hit Delete" or "Use Filters".

Update: Looks like I misread cjf's stance. My apologies.

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by cjf (Parson) on Jul 16, 2002 at 06:46 UTC

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