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I know this has been said before, but after reporting for nearly 4 years not just here but also to every conceivable anti spam group, I am still stuck with manually transferring and reporting hundreds of spam a day. Most track back to known spam gangs both in Europe and N America which seem to be completely refractory to any anti-spam measures and like the proverbial Phoenix bird re-emerge after being killed, on a very short notice. I am thinking what a waste of resources, both in my time and the internet bandwidth occupied by these nefarious parasites.

If this was an outbreak of measles it would have been eradicated in 4 years, so why does it take so long to eliminate these pests?

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If this was an outbreak of meazzles it would have been eradicated in 4 years, so why does it take so long to eliminate these pests?

Compare the level of effort, gov & civil, mounted to combat measles and that to combat spam.

I would suggest it would be better to compare spam to an infestation of rats. 1) rats like spammers "think." OK they aren't the sharpest knives in the draw but they are clever. 2) As long as the rats are in your neighbor's house, 'you don't have to fight them.' spam: same-o, same-o. 3) Rats only eat garbage. spam only deals with porn, drugs etc (see 2 above).

Like other vermin, even if you kill all the rats, the mice, or something else, will move in.

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I would suggest it would be better to compare spam to an infestation of rats.

Trust me, I do my part and kill at least one rat per week. Mind you, I do have the occasional nightmare of being in Hell and surrounded by rats.

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Trust me, I do my part and kill at least one rat per week. Mind you, I do have the occasional nightmare of being in Hell and surrounded by rats.
:lol: Could be worse
Anyone who's ever played too much Tetris knows you can start having Tetris dreams.
(Well, quote is from about p. 3/5 but the full context helps). But I like Lou's rat analogy. Now if only we could stop spammers dreaming...
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Reporting is better than nothing. But, IMHO, spam will not be conquered until all responsible ISPs use blocking lists at the server level that return a message to the sender and that they block other irresponsible ISPs who allow spam from zombies on their networks. If enough legitimate senders were blocked because they were using irresponsible ISPs, then they would either change providers or raise such a ruckus that irresponsible ISPs would become responsible. For the idiots who want to receive spam so that they can receive email from ignorant senders, every ISP should allow that to happen (but they could charge extra for the extra bandwidth).

It is only when the *sending* end is controlled, that spam will cease or be a minor problem for the end user, at least for educated consumers. I don't believe that spam will entirely cease because of the lucrative criminal element just as 419 scams still come through snail mail and fax in spite of laws.

Miss Betsy

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