so – there’s some buzz going on (yes, I’m a few days behind) about AOL and Yahoo letting companies pay (them) to send spam… but disallowing spam otherwise…
If you could dis-allow it, do so. If your plan is put into effect, that means more spam in the inbox. It makes no sense. (links below)
- AOL/Yahoo Email Tax to Stop Spam: Why It Won’t Work – Gizmodo
- Yahoo and AOL Announce Pay Per Spam Email Project | Threadwatch.org
There is discussion about what to do, to combat spam. More intelligent spam filters is a big first step… baysian and more… I’m talking about filters ready to find “v 1 a ggrr aa” and mark that message as spam (unless that’s an email you would like to receive). Not that this will ever be 100%, but 90+% is pretty good. I get about 50-150 spam emails a day, but usually only see about 3-5. I don’t complain… i think that’s pretty good.
Here’s a tip to anyone on AOL mail (god forbid) or Yahoo mail…. go to gmail. If gmail ends up charging or something… well – you’ll have to cross that bridge when it collapses, but for now it’s the best option I’ve seen (short of running your own mail server and a baysian filter).