At 11:40 AM 3/19/99 -0800, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
> 2) accept sign-ups via some web form/page somewhere (while
> generally not even bothering to save the IP number or
> date/time stamp of those subscription requests... infor-
> mation that is critical to finding the perp in cases
> involving intentional harassment).
>I've had lengthy conversations with several people who run these
>kinds of lists, begging, pleading, and cajoling them to try to
>get them to add an up-front subscription confirmation step to
>their subscription mechanism, and almost without exception, they
>always end up just shining me on and saying ``We'll think about
>it. We have to run the idea by marketing first. Nobody else is
>complaining... only you.''
And furthermore, I have had evidence that they have grabbed mailing list
memberships and signed them up in mass, and their ISPs refuse to act.
In this case, I do not attribute to stupidity what is proven to be malice.
I believe that some of these people are using these open subscription web
forms to deny responsibility for outright spamming.
The good news is that I have hundreds and hundreds of hits on what should
be a robots.txt protected copy of wpoison. Maybe, just maybe, I have
protected my list archives from being harvested for e-mail addresses yet
again. Thanks for that.
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