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Date: 2004-02-23 14:54
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Tags:lecture, public, rants, spam
Subject: On spam...

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Okay. So out of the 44 messages in my inbox as of this morning, 21 of them were spam. That's nearly 50%, people. *rolls eyes*

And it's only going to get worse if things stay as they are. Spam, unfortunately, is so cheap to send that just one buyer can pay for the spams sent to the next few thousand (if not more) people. It's even sillier as I don't expect the buyer is taken off any spam lists either - on the contrary, I expect that when they find a willing buyer, they're all too happy to send them "special offers" and suchlike in the hopes that they'll cough up even more money. Sigh.

This is something of a useless plea really, because of the above, but it has to be said. DON'T BUY ANYTHING, OR EVEN LOOK AT A WEBSITE FROM A SPAM! Even if it *is* something you want. You're only helping to piss off thousands of people when they get even more spams, and your own inbox probably won't be too empty either. You have been warned.

Thank you.

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Sophie
User: soph
Date: 2004-02-23 09:34 (UTC)
Subject: Re:

If no-one bought anything from a spam, there would be no point sending it. So, obviously some people must buy such things. And as I said, it only takes one to make it a success.

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Sophie
User: soph
Date: 2004-02-23 11:06 (UTC)
Subject: Re:

They're misspelled deliberately in most cases, so as to get past spam filters. But some of the 'misspellings' are so atrocious now that I can't imagine them working at all.

The other thing to remember is that companies who pay others to spam people are probably hearing things like 'highly targeted, opt-in advertising - completely legal'. Only one of those three things is correct though - the "completely legal" part. :( Spam is often not "highly targeted" at all (you would know... how many spams do you get offering viagra or a larger bulge in your pants? ;)) and if it's opt-in at all, it's only by a very tenuous link (you subscribed to some list, they sell your details, you get spam from totally unrelated companies claiming that you originally "opted in" to the list - which is true, but irrelevant).

I almost (but not quite) find myself agreeing with Bill Gates about his proposed system of getting people to pay for sending email, but the fee could be waived by the person receiving the mail. It would certainly all but eradicate spam as it is today. However, there are lots (and I mean LOTS) of disadvantages to that method. The freedom to send mails to people you know would be lost. Let's say you send a mail to your ex, or something. Will he/she waive the fee?

Or let's take a legitimate mailing list such as the LangaList. Lists like that one have loads of members, yet Fred's running the whole thing out of his own pocket. If there was to be a boycott of the list and people avoided , it would cost Fred a heck of a lot of money. In fact, he probably wouldn't run the list any more (or at least restrict the list to the Plus! subscribers) because of that simple reason. Which would be a shame, because his list is really very, very good.

It's a problem that currently can't easily be solved, unfortunately. :(

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Sophie
User: soph
Date: 2004-02-23 11:08 (UTC)
Subject: Re:

Erm, where I said "If there was to be a boycott of the list and people avoided ,", I meant to say: "If there was to be a boycott of the list and people didn't waive the fee,".

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Syroc
User: syroc
Date: 2004-03-25 11:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Wouldnt it be halerious if it was just one mischivious bastard in his basement. "Yess... and now to rule the world with spam by buying a time share, cheap viagra, and porn from SPAM!!!! muwahahaha"

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2004-04-20 08:27 (UTC)
Subject: SPAM!!!!!!!

50%... thats hardly anything i just over 60 messages per day which keep causing my account to get blocked so actual important stuff cant come through...SO FRUSTRATING!!!! Its all a load of bull offering all kinds of crap like viagra, pwenis enlargement and worst of all farmyard sex! I don't think I'm going be buying that just coz they offered it to me!

ARRRRRRRRRRGH!

Ps Don't even say spam filters coz they don't work

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-02-05 05:46 (UTC)
Subject: Who can help me with .httpaccess ?

Who can help me with .httpaccess ?
where i can fined full information about .httpaccess file syntaxis?

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Sophie
User: soph
Date: 2007-02-05 17:10 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Who can help me with .httpaccess ?

I think you're referring to .htaccess files. Check out this Google search - there's some good resources there.

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