freshmeat: Spam: Beyond Email
Dec 17, 2000, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Macks)
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"One of the advantages of email over physical mail, that it's
trivial to send the same message to many recipients at once, has
led to the daily struggle against spam. As other means of mass
communication become popular, spam becomes a part of them as
"Instant Messaging, whether it be through ICQ, AIM, Jabber,
etc., is becoming an increasingly popular way to stay in touch. As
it becomes more popular for legitimate use, it will become a more
popular vehicle for unsolicited commercial messages as well. Worst
of all, IM spam is even more intrusive than email spam. email spam
waits in your inbox to annoy you; IM spam leaps out at you, popping
up and covering the work you were doing."
As today's editorial, we present a FAQ Andrew Macks wrote when
he grew" tired of it all and needed to rant in hopes of educating
people about the proper use of ICQ's mass forwarding features.
Education has been a serious problem since AOL first turned its
masses loose on the Internet with no preparation regarding the
traditions and etiquette that everyone should know. Any attempt to
raise the level of consciousness is good, but is it enough?"