Gene Rackow writes:
> 1. Consider what people get almost every day in their snail mail box.
> What is the percentage of stuff that you keep vs the stuff
> that hits the circular file?
> The amount of energy and resources used by this are
> substantially smaller. Hitting the "d" key vs burning trees.
> How many people complaining are as vocal about getting yet another
> piece of junk paper mail.
I guess the questions is who pays for the advertising. If I want to
subscribe to a mailing list, I only want the mails that are of the
mailing list subject to reach me. If I have to pay for every single
mail and every single message I read in the newsgroup, I *really* do
not want to pay for advertisements.
Junk paper mail drop into your mailbox PAID, if I receive an e-mail *I*
have to PAY to read it. Also, I do use paper junkmail to my advantage,
but I want to specify the time when I do myself.
> 3. Look at what the years and mega-dollars of testing and building the
> internet have brought us. If the founding groups would have imagined
> the green-card lawyers, romance.in.russia, and 17th floor as
> possibilities when they started, where would we be now. Their view
> and current reality are quite different.
Well...everything evolves. I don't think they exactly imagined
other things that are possible now either.
I won't unsubscribe to mailing lists because of this but it doesn't
mean I have to say it's OK to advertise like that. I am more ready to
use commecial products and services when I can access them when *I*
want. I don't go to the mall when I am not in the mood...
A newsgroup hierarchies, mailing lists and such could be solely for
this purpose...and I do believe they get more *satisfied* readers and
But, is the Olga-spam really an advertisement or a fun of people, who
used to use their energy in making viruses?
> For another example of spamming, take a look in usenet now. Someone
> determined that the anti-spammers could be circumvented by changing the
> posting info for each message. Same content in each message, just a different
> (garbage)message-id string, from line, and subject.
Yep :-/ I guess it's a new hobby. "If it isn't illegal, do it" type of