How we can all fight spam together

Why don’t we all create a universal email list of spammers and make this freely available to any email marketer.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited marketing message that does not have the legally required opt out and any company that emails us after we have told them not to is added.

For companies we add email addresses for all corporate officers and board members. For example, I receive spam from ticketmaster even though I have opted out. So barry diller should be on the list.

I regularly receive sales msgs from brokers, realtors and other annoying people who ‘got my card at a conf’. I’d like to subit their addresses too.

There should be a process to get off the list. Maybe an email is sent to them giving them a chance to prove they have changed the practice.

This should work really simply. I’m actuall not sure why we shouldn’t include the opt out mailers too and give them the same chance to opt out. We just forward their message to spam@fightspammers.com and voila, theylre opted into spam. Ill bet if we offered that list free to spammers they’d take it even if some of them are on the list. Sharks eat their own too. (Actually I don’t know if they do).

We need more simple 1 minute ways to fight back. That’s the revolution of the ants. We each move a crumb. Sent wirelessly via BlackBerry from T-Mobile.

2 thoughts on “How we can all fight spam together

  1. A lot of this information already exists in various databases, RBLs, etc. In fact, the information is far more sophisticated than what you outline.
    There are several classes of spammers, but for a moment I’m going to break them into two– legit businesses who handle their email badly, and scammers. The former are people like Ticketmaster who don’t always follow email best-practices, while the latter encompass all of the 419/viagra/oem software/etc. folks that really aren’t legit operations at all.
    The latter category is notoriously difficult to track down, and they’re the bulk of the problem. It’s essentially impossible to track them to their source, because they’re really good at shape-shifting and covering their tracks.
    The former are often operating legally or very nearly so, even though we don’t like the results.
    What has worked reasonably well in a lot of cases is to track which ISPs are supporters of spam and which aren’t, and to stop accepting mail from ISPs who don’t deal with their spam problem.
    Mark, I’d be happy to talk to you about this at whatever length you’d like; as you probably remember, it’s both an area of expertise of mine, and a passion.

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