A minor correction - by sending a lengthy message, I did not mean
mailbombing at all. Rather, a treatise on why I was objecting to the
particular piece of mail (included), and suggestions about how and why
to cope with it. Some fine examples of this type of message have shown
up on this list. I just wanted to indicate that a one-line message of
complaint was not sufficient. A couple of screens of text plus the
complete offending message strikes me as reasonable. It does take some
care to make sure you don't complain to forged addresses, but the relays
and the spam-havens should be notified.
I believe that simply throwing away spam through filters will accomplish
nothing besides keeping one's mailbox and the mailing lists you manage
clear. In the meantime the bandwidth of the net is being choked by
this unwanted traffic, and the 'cost' to the spammers and their allies
is low. Silence on the part of upstream providers is acquiescence at best
and encouragement at worst. If we can raise the cost of spamming we
might reduce the volume.