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Stop the AOL email tax

Discussion in 'General' started by 731|\|37, 1 Mar 2006.

  1. 731|\|37

    731|\|37 ESD Engineer in Training

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    http://www.dearaol.com/

    aparently AOL is considering a plan to let spammers pay them a novelty to bypass the AOL spam filters with whatever they want. :nono:

    I didnt think even aol would stoop so low
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    sory for the excessive smileys RTT
     
  2. Ab$olut

    Ab$olut What's a Dremel?

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    aol suck anyway
     
  3. 731|\|37

    731|\|37 ESD Engineer in Training

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    yes, but can you imagine this proliferating?
     
  4. geek1017

    geek1017 What's a Dremel?

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    And here I thought it was going to be a tax on anyone still using AOL to send email.




    Encouraging spamers like this is never a good thing.
    It may cut down on some of the more random stuff, but the companies who make money doing it won't hesitate to pay to keep the money rolling in.

    on a side note, I love getting spam in my mobile phone's email account.
    Japanese spammers are the funniest in the world.
     
  5. invalid

    invalid What's a Dremel?

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    Google mail and others were also rumored to be doing this. Not just AOL.
     
  6. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    It's acutally a good idea in principle, it's just going to be horribly executed. Done correctly, the recipient would recieve a small payment for any email, and refund the payment for desired email (whitelisting would be an option, but you'd need options to re-request payments from some addresses to avoid issues from address spoofing). Basically, if spammers want to send to you, they have to pay you. You keep the money, and either it adds up (fairly quickly) or spam dies off in a few weeks because their expenses are now through the roof. You've whitelisted all your friends and newsletters so it's not a big problem for them.
    Of course, going with a "require payments from this address/domain" could work as well. If it only costs a nickel or so to send emails, it's not a big deal between friends (especially as they'd refund it), but multiply that by ten million and your spamming expenses just got astronomical.

    But in this AOL-ish act, the already-overcharged users get screwed. As usual.
     
  7. fathom17

    fathom17 What's a Dremel?

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    AOL is evil anyway
     
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    chemo True Jungle Brother

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