November 16, 2006
@ 08:23 PM

We've been dealing with spam from every angle in my household today. As I write this, my blog is being hit by by a wave of trackback spam and is blocking around five trackback spam posts a second. I just deleted over a hundred emails from YouTube in my email inbox. It seems some bright Eastern European chap decided to run some script that suggesting that I check out a video of his band over a hundred times. My girlfriend logged into MySpace and checked out her messages only to find that most of them were from 50 Cent asking her to add 40 Glocc to her friends list.

I can understand why young people have given up on email and migrated almost entirely to IM and hanging out on social networking sites. I get about 1 legitimate email for every 20 pieces of spam that make it through my spam filters in my personal email address. If not for the fact that I've had both email addresses since the last decade I'd just have given up on them. As people have found new ways to communicate electronically, the spammers have followed. I wonder if social software sites like MySpace and YouTube realize how badly spam impacts their user experience and how much it could destroy them if they don't get it under control?


Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:51:55 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
When are you guys (Microsoft) coming out with registered e-mail, a whole new traceable system with a new client server protocol, and a price on bulk mail. Hasn't everyone realized yet it is the ONLY way to kill spam?
Friday, November 17, 2006 12:30:41 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Just use Gmail. I get dozens of spam messages a day - and they all get automatically filtered out. Not one false positive, ever, and a false negative once in a blue moon.
Russell Wallace
Friday, November 17, 2006 1:11:51 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I post with my undisguised Gmail address ( on the web and Usenet regularly. It's on Blogger too. I get maybe 6 spams a week that make it into my web Inbox - but I use Gmail's POP3 service and have another filter in my email client (Forte Agent - I'm retro).

End result: I may get one spam every fortnight. Spam just isn't a problem anymore.
Friday, November 17, 2006 1:46:23 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)

Been working on this very issue for three years. See for more info. Also see: -- There are certainly some names on that list you will recognize.

Would *LOVE* to see you take interest in helping to fine tune the final details of this project. The development list is linked to from the same site.
Friday, November 17, 2006 9:17:52 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I use gmail, it removes most of my spam so I only see 1 or 2 spam messages a day. I have an email address forward to my gmail account that has been used on Usenet and the web for the last 15 years. My domain also has uses gmail, with “being your own DNS” or whatever Google calls it.

At work we have messagelabs filter our emails before they get to our email server. messagelabs is even better then gmail at removing span. Since our company signed up to messagelabs most people have gone from 20 or 30 span messages a day to 0. Some people were getting 100s a days and they are now getting 1 or 2.

Ian Ringrose <- email address on web site
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