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  1. your post advocates a
  2.  
  3. ( ) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante
  4.  
  5. approach to fighting spam. your idea will not work. here is why it won't work. (one or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)
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  7. ( ) spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses
  8. ( ) mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected
  9. ( ) no one will be able to find the guy or collect the money
  10. ( ) it is defenseless against brute force attacks
  11. ( ) it will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
  12. ( ) users of email will not put up with it
  13. ( ) microsoft will not put up with it
  14. ( ) the police will not put up with it
  15. ( ) requires too much cooperation from spammers
  16. ( ) requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
  17. ( ) many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
  18. ( ) spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists
  19. ( ) anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business
  20.  
  21. specifically, your plan fails to account for
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  23. ( ) laws expressly prohibiting it
  24. ( ) lack of centrally controlling authority for email
  25. ( ) open relays in foreign countries
  26. ( ) ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses
  27. ( ) asshats
  28. ( ) jurisdictional problems
  29. ( ) unpopularity of weird new taxes
  30. ( ) public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money
  31. ( ) huge existing software investment in smtp
  32. ( ) susceptibility of protocols other than smtp to attack
  33. ( ) willingness of users to install os patches received by email
  34. ( ) armies of worm riddled broadband-connected windows boxes
  35. ( ) eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches
  36. ( ) extreme profitability of spam
  37. ( ) joe jobs and/or identity theft
  38. ( ) technically illiterate politicians
  39. ( ) extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers
  40. ( ) dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves
  41. ( ) bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering
  42. ( ) outlook
  43.  
  44. and the following philosophical objections may also apply:
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  46. ( ) ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical
  47. ( ) any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
  48. ( ) smtp headers should not be the subject of legislation
  49. ( ) blacklists suck
  50. ( ) whitelists suck
  51. ( ) we should be able to talk about viagra without being censored
  52. ( ) countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
  53. ( ) countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
  54. ( ) countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
  55. ( ) sending email should be free
  56. ( ) why should we have to trust you and your servers?
  57. ( ) incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses
  58. ( ) feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
  59. ( ) temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome
  60. ( ) i don't want the government reading my email
  61. ( ) killing them that way is not slow and painful enough
  62.  
  63. furthermore, this is what i think about you:
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  65. ( ) sorry dude, but i don't think it would work.
  66. ( ) this is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
  67. ( ) nice try, assh0le! i'm going to find out where you live and burn your house down!
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