Re: Junk mail and rotting web

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Mon, 01 Feb 1999 14:15:36 -0600

Wrong, wrong, wrong. This doesn't take any laws at all. It just takes e-cash.

Any mail from someone I've never heard from before, that doesn't arrive with a 10-cent stamp, goes straight to the trash. If I think it's worthwhile, I don't use the stamp. If it's SPAM, I trash it and get a little richer. I'd happily risk 10 cents the first time I wanted to personally contact someone.

As for forged origins, use digital signatures. As for mailing lists, have one person check posts from new listeners.
--         Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you everything I think I know.