[linux-elitists] paul graham on spam

Modus Operandi modus@as220.org
Wed Mar 31 20:48:51 PST 2004


In the immortal words of Ben Finney <ben@benfinney.id.au>:
> 
> Nope.  Teergrubing punishes the very act of sending spam, with no extra
> bandwidth cost for the recipient (admittedly, there's a process-denial
> cost, but that's far easier to bear).
> 
> This "spider the spammer's site" proposal punishes the recipient -- they
> download more crap when they receive a spam mail -- and isn't doing
> anything to the spammer that they didn't want in the first place: hits
> to their website.
> 
> The "punishment" in spidering the spammer's site comes *only* when the
> use is widespread, unlike teergrubing.

  Good answer. I won't work to spider spammers' sites.

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