A.J.Mechelynck Posted April 5, 2004 Share Posted April 5, 2004 According to http://www.spamcop.net/fom-serve/cache/14.html, it is, and I agree. But here is what happened to me today: Got an email with a long list of recipients. The message started "I found your address in a collective message sent to me, so I figured you might be interested". The rest of the message advertised a site, apparently for some nonprofit organization founded by the author of the message, someone I had known some 25 years ago, before either of us even knew what the Internet was going to be. I wrote to him, telling him "... by that kind of message, you abase yourself to the level of the peddlers of penis-lengthening machines, of medications without prescriptions, of diplomas without exams, of mortgages without credit analysis, etc. etc. etc., who flood the world's e-mailboxes, at the cost of the addressee..." and adding "Don't be surprised if your ISP terminates your contract". He immediately replied, telling me I was "frankly insulting", that the difference between him and those swindlers was that he didn't get a cent from it, that the Net was "a space of liberty", that he was free to use the adresses on the mail he got in any way he chose, and that there exists free antispam software, or that I could get rid of spam at the click of a mouse -- but that what he sent wasn't spam! What do you think? How can we convince the general Internet public that spam is not just about crooks and false advertising? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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