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Internet Spam/UCE Survey #1
How do you feel about Spam and Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail?
- UCE is a large waste of Internet resources and my time. There is NO way that I would ever participate or purchase ANYTHING sent from or thru a SPAMMERS mailing. PERIOD!!!
- Something needs to be done to get rid of that garbage (spam).
- I hate SPAM just like every1 else,.... and believe it should be properly labeled,... but not government regulated,... SPAMmers may be annoying but i'm not going to to let the government systematically cut away the last frontier in America for complete freedom of speech.
- Annoying as spam is, it shouldn't become an excuse for government regulation of free expression on the Internet.
- PEOPLE THAT SPAM MAIL ARE PATHETIC LOSERS WHO HAVE NO LIFE. I THINK IT IS DISGUSTING THAT I CAN'T READ MY EMAIL WITHOUT TONS OF PORN ADVERTISMENTS OR CREDIT CARD DEBT ANNOUNCEMENTS, ETC. I CAN'T EVEN GO INTO A REGULAR CHAT ROOM WITHOUT BEING SPAMMED. IT IS SO TERRIBLE. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS THAT GO ONLINE ONLY TO BE SENT XXX STUFF THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE SEEING! I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIX THIS HORRIBLE PROBLEM, BUT THEY NEED TO FIGURE OUT SOMEWAY.
- The only type of spamming that gets my goat is the adult/porno spams. AOL needs to take a stand and limit this trash.
- Newsgroups have been ruined by Spam completely already. I think Spam should be blocked unless specifically requested.
- Spam should be outlawed. If I had my way, spammers would go to jail.
- I never recieved a spam. But I do think they are wrong.
- I hate receiving spam, but I choose not to waste my time filtering or otherwise eliminating it.
- I cannot stand spam. I do not make purchases over the Internet, and I don't care what people are selling. I'm here for information and entertainment.
- It sucks, but so does a lot of other stuff on the internet
- These folks are nerve racking!
- I hate the pornography I get in my America Online e-mail daily! If something isn't done, online & internet services will be one big, uncontrollable pornography distribution network! Disgusting!
- I think it's annoying and it should be stopped
- It's already out of hand. They could post in one corner of the web, by topic. Those interested can visit them. They don't need to send "junk Mmail."
- Spammers have the same mentality as the felons I supervise. "I can do what I want regardless of who it hurts".
- Spam sucks ass!
- I hate it!
- Spam is a pain in the but. It waists my time.
Just like Monty Python says, "I don't like Spam"
- UCE is no different than mail inserts, commercials, flyers, etc. Just another advertizing medium.
- Incinerate the bastards!
- Spammers and their spam should roast in hell
- The best solution for the problem: A spammer, a high tree and a rope.
- They fought T.V. commercials, junk mail, telemarketing and every other thing. I can't remember the last time the people at tide were fined because someone had to change the channel.
- Too much interference of govenment everywhere as it is
- I am very annoyed with unsolicited commericial e-mail and am tired of having to deal with it all the time. Most of the advertisements are for porn, complete with very explicit language. I don't know where they got my e-mail address, since i do not visit porn sites. All I can say, is what if I were a child and I were getting this type of mail?
- It doesn't bother me. If I see something I don't like, I delete it.
- i hate it, theey should all die
- Content sensitive tools should be made avialable to the e-mail client to block packets.
- it is a time consuming invasion of privacy
- It is plain theft and it must be treated as such. Outlawing it is the best way to solve this problem.
- The internet community has the expertise to protect itself from UCE. Frankly, although I'm very free with one of my email addresses (a 'hotmail' account), I've never received any spam - so I suppose it's working. I don't like to see the government butting in - once they get their foot in the door, they'll be trying to regulate -everything-. Cancer cells divide without a thought for the overall shape and health of the host organism. Government seems to issue regulations with the same abandon.
- who cares, pressing the delete button ain't a big deal
- It wastes time and resources - mine, those of ISPs, telephone companies and the whole electronic communication system
- Spammers should be hanged by the neck until they are DEAD, DEAD, DEAD!!!
- Hate Junk Mail.....
- I hate it! I get at least two spam messages/day which contain complete crap that I would never be interested in which I don't know how to stop!!!!
- It is terrible and should be rid of!
- I think people go overboard in their negative feelings against spam. It does not really require anything more than hitting the delete button on your email program.
- Hate, despise and abhor spam.
- I don't like spam but I like government interverence even less.
- Spammers DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- It's worse than junk mail because it can cause your email to overload and turn back mail you want to receive.
- Spam is akin to harassment. If I didn't ask for it, I shouldn't have to put up with it.
- Establish penalties, enforce the rules, enforce sufficient penalties to deter repeated offenses, Establish a "three strikes" policy with the third offense resulting in both heavy fine and jail time with a felony conviction. Perhaps if the spammers lose some of their rights, they will learn to stop infringing on the rights of others.
- Spam should be more regulated that just requiring advertisers to reveal their identity and label their messages. It's the sheer volume that clogs up everyone's email systems and so it should be completely outlawed except when users *ask* for information (e.g. when they put themselves on a company mailing list through a web site).
- The only thing I would like is for it to be understood that there is a difference between mass emailings of SPAM and "unsolicited email" that might be, for example, a specific inquiry or comment sent to someone or, say a letter to the editor or something like that.
- Whoever wrote the first comment is clueless. Freedom of Speech
is fine. But Freedom of Marketing isn't. Get a clue you idiot.
And if anyone thinks the government will help you, heh you are
dreaming. Also if you reply to an e-mail with a remove request,
the spammer will add you to his confirmed e-mail list.
- Freedom of Speech People! 'Spammers' have the same rights you do unless they violate your rights...and simply being annoying DOES NOT violate your rights. I don't see it anywhere in the Constitution where it says "You have the right not to be annoyed by others", so shove off, anti-spam people!
- I would do whatever it takes to rid the world of spam.
- I am constantly forwarding my spam to AOL at the screen name TOSSpam. If someone from AOL spams me I report it through the proper channels. It angers me, but it's a part of internet life.
- I really object to unlabeled spam that tries to trick me with the subject line. My AOL account gets a lot of spam and I'm afraid to just automatically delete without reading for fear of it being a friend trying to get in touch with me. When I contact friends who don't know my eddress, I put my name in the subject line to avoid being mistaken for spam.
- i think they should leave unsuspecting people alone..
- I don't agree with trying to limit spamming on usenet/newsgroups but this is the thing that bugs me the most of all of these issues. When I go into a newsgroup there is far too much that one has to wade through that does not apply to the particular newsgroup, and it's a waste of time because one is in that particular group for messages, etc. relating to the exact *subject* of the newsgroup, not something totally unrelated.
- Leave it alone
- spam is annoying...... the ammount of man/hours a year wasted reading misslabeled spam must be astronomical!!!!!
- Not on top of my list of important issues.
- Business is business and i understand that to stay in business they must advertise - but spamming is getting out of control. Also US laws stop 12 miles off our coast and the media is not stating that fact so any US law will be ineffective.
- Reminds me of a Seinfeld episode, where Jerry receives an unsolicited marketing call. He tells the caller that he's busy, so can he get the 'caller's' # and call him back. When the caller says no, Jerry says something like "Oh, you don't like to be called at home ? Now you know how I feel !". Enough said.
- I absolutely HATE it when some mail comes that looks important and I open it to find out it's an adult site or something for a dental plan or something!
- I detest spam e-mail. If I want to see spam, I can go to any web page with pop-up, whirling, flying, annoying ads in my face.
- Spam wastes a lot of people's time!!
- It is annoying, and should be regulated. I do not want to receive
unsolicited mailings just because I have emailed to newsgroups that I am interested in.
- !!!Dr. Katz is Bob Newhart in cartoon form!!!
- Adult/Porn mass mail should be highly regulated.
- It's extremely obnoxious to receive emails that I have absolutly no interest in. I immediately delete emails in which their message has references to get rich, bulk email and porn to name a few.
- Spam is annoying - but would be much more tolerated if in the heading it was clear that it was an advertisment, no tricks, please.
- Free country...I don't think spam is crisis. I spam, and the response is 100X what I get from all of the major search engines combined. The militant anti-spammers have totally lost their marbles and THEY are the ones who regularly voilate the law!
- There should be NO spamming. You should get info ONLY if you request it.
- Spammers are lower life forms and should be exterminated like the vermin they are. Spamming should be made illegal, and subject to criminal prosecution for their waste of others' time and resources
- I think if you are going to ban spam then you should ban junk mail from the post office. I think neither should happen.
- It should be restricted to areas (newsgroups, web pages, etc) where people who WANT the "information" provided can access it.
- Spam is on the internet,TV,us mail,news paper,Radio,Phone (etc.).
Our Country is built on free interprise,leave it alone
- Re:#7 I complain to spammer's upstream providers
Re:#13 All of the listed sources
Re:#22 I have not read the bill, my response is based on the info provided
- It is annoying but tolerable.
- The Government should stay out of the INTERNET business, they're causing the USA to become the laughing stock of the world. ISP's should control the mass-mailing by axe-ing any e-mail with over x amount of recipients.
- Email is just like snail mail (and easier to discard.) If someone wants to expend their resources to send it they should be able to, as long as it is not "flooding" or otherwise damageing anyone elses systems.
- Spammers care not for our privacy nor for our time which they steal nor our morals which they wish to corrupt. Spammers care for profit and accrue same by means unethical.
- Make those who want want to advertise using e-mail ask people to join their
mailing lists. But put a complete ban of spam promoting porn
- SPAM is killing the internet. Unless it is banned or filtered at a high level, it will soak up all the bandwidth.
- I think Spam is utterly reprehensable.
- I don't like unsolicited email just like I don't like Post Office junk mail. I return the mail and I ask to be removed. Somehow it never stops. It's very hard to get off a junk mail and email list.
- I understand the uses of it sometimes, but generally the spam I receive is completely disgusting (usually adult-oriented) and many are labeled deceitfully to entice the reader to open it. I have the option to block out certain domain names, but then I run the risk of blocking out messages from people that I want to receive e-mail from. I am completely unsatisfied with the way my ISP handles the problem (AOL).
- I think SPAM is annoying and that something needs to be done. I am tired of having to delete 90% of my e-mail because it's SPAM.
- Spammers need to be taught a lesson, fined or sent to prison. There needs to be the same legal processes with regard to email as there are with regular postal mail.
- I don't want info that I didn't ask for.
- Agressive use of 'filters' should be available by the ISP to ignore spam messages while downloading topics. I cannot condone the shutting out of free speech for commercial purposes, or stupid purposes. It would not be free speech, if this were the case. It is up to the listener to determine which messages they consider valid and useful.
- We can't tell Spam not to send us stuff. It is not Constitutional. It wold be like trying to regulate junk snail mail. IMPOSSIBLE
- IT'S DUMB!!!!!
- Spam, though seemingly inconsequential is always multiplied by anywhere from 10,000 to 150,000 each mailing. It abuses resources, and if I didn't ask for it- I don't want to waste my time with it.
- I never cared for canned Spam, and the internet version is worse.
- MEAT IS NOT PART OF SPAM, BUT A SUPER STUDENT
- Spam is not Kosher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- SPAM sucks!!!!!!
- If it has a labal I wont carry that is what a filter is for, but
when a sender lies about the content of a message or site I get mad and often use mail bombs to get me point across.
- Take control yourself. DELETE, DELETE, DELETE. WE have too much "BIG BROTHER" as it is.
- no comment
- THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT CONTROL THE NET. TRACK DOWN SPAMMERS AND HANG THEIR CAT FROM THE FRONT PORCH!!!
- Spammers should be nuked until they glow.
- I hate spam!
- i'd like to see spammers dragged by their entrails through broken glass by rabid pit bulls - at least i sometimes fantasize about it.........
- they piss me off. i'd never do business over the internet with them. i look for things i want.
- I think that SPAM mail is incredibly annoying, and should be regulated thoroghly. People should not have to receive junk e-mail just because they post newsgroups, etc.
- Unsolicited USMail is regulated.
Unsolicited Faxes are regulated. So should UCE.
- Let the net regulate itself. Fines should only be used as
- Spamming is extremely annoying and should be discontinued.
- It's a pain in the arse!!
- E-mail "spam" should be treated the same as unsolicited fax advertising, and violators should be fined.
- I like it. Continue sending me e-mail bombs. And Clinton is doing a good job screwing his secretaries
- i don't mind being sent Spam-mails but i HATE all the porn ads in the non-adult newsgroups. Someone should deal with that!!
- hate it and think that "spammers" should be assasinated!
- I use the following "warning"
- I HATE IT
- Although I hate spam you do not give many middle of the road replies. Also, not much chance to clarify answers with 2 sentence restriction. Many real problems with spammers were not addressed here.
- I think that the Spam/UCE issue has to be addressed soon. The internet should be a free society within some boundaries. I believe that the public should request such advertisements not be subjected to them with prior authorization. I really hate the fake headers, too.
- Its superdy duper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Lips and Snouts, MMMM tasty
- spammers suck.
- It's really getting out of hand. Newsgroups are so flooded with crap they are nearing uselessness...
- I hate spam and don't want to receive their junk.
- I fear the the commercial / adolesent agenda's of a few will bring unwanted goverment regulation.
- Spam unnecessarily slows down the internet. Forget criminal
penalties...think death penalty.
- it rules
- I mail bomb spammers. If you send me threatening chain letters (bad luck, etc.), I will reply with 1000 copies for every copy I'm told to forward.
- NEBRASKA RULES CORNHUSKERS RULE
- I think spamming is a sure fire way to tick the public off.
- STOP SPAMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- I hate UCE! IT DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!
- enjoy it, and if it gets in the way of other messages etc, just delet it straight away
- Can the Spam!
- SPAM is just like the meat.
- It is extremely frustrating and is apparent that something must be done. Though I would like to avoid government control, I would support measures that impose fines on spammers as well as allow spam recipients to collective actual and punitive damages relating to spam.
- UCE needs to be eliminated. It would be better if it could be done without government intervention.
- Someone goes to excess on some issue. It would be good if it could be limited to x monthly.
- Advertisements suck, but I don't mind some chain letters once in awhile.
- Spam has almost destroy UseNet groups and is crippling email systems throughout the country. Let's get a handle on it.
- Keep the damn government out of it
- Everyone has there own right to privacy and should be able to choose where the line is drawn, this is not the spammer's choice.
- It's a real pain but the truth is it works. There's no really good way of getting rid of it as long as people are making wads of money from it.
- I get so many commercial messages in my Email box now. I might get 20 letters in a day, and around half of them are junk.
- I would just like to keep government out of it at this point and see if we (the Internet community) can self-regulate.
- I believe in common courtesy and informal social control.
Spammers ultimately risk earning the contempt of other
e-mail users, and may find that their spam is counter-productive
(gets the message out but to a hostile audience).
I also think that users should have legal recourse against
spammers who ignore requests to be removed from lists.
- The the mother %$@#ing %$@# is UCE???????????????????????????
- Do companies really believe that harassing people via email gets new customers? It is even easier than trashing junk mail.
- when one provides one's email address, they open themselves to the possibiity of getting spam.
- I am sure it must get really annoying to some people, and i believe there should be a way for all people to stop it from coming in.
- User level email & newsgroup message filters need to be significantly enhanced in readers. Anyone who markets via SPAMmers or SPAMming techniques should be held criminally liable. Backbone providers should be allowed to charge SPAMmers for system resource usage.
- I hate Spam!
- It sucks!
- Support CAUCE! What about bill HR1748 (Smith bill)? Why isn't
it on your survey
- Spam is the electronic equivilent of postal junk mail, so why go ballistic? Glance at the interesting stuff and throw away the rest. Newsgroups, however, are completely useless jammed with multiple copies of a dozen ads. Wish they could all be moderated to delete the commercial ads.
- If your careful, it's not much of a bother
- It may be annoying, but it should be left alone. It is a public place, and I don't want the government telling me if I can send spam/UCE or not.
- I hate spam & is costing me money to deal with it.
- If UCE mailers do not police themselves, then, eventually the government(s) will do it for them!
- ALTHOUGH I HAVE NEVER UTILIZED BULK EMAIL- I INTEND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MOST COST/TIME EFFECTIVE WAY TO ADVERTISE- THE ONLY EMAIL I REALLY RESENT ARE THE FILTHY PORNO ONES- THAT I CANT GET RID OF SO I DELETE-WE GET JUNK MAIL IN OUR MAILBOXES(HOME)AND WE HAVE THE OPTION TO THROW IT OUT- SAME GOES FOR EMAIL-AOL SHOULD STOP BEING HIPPOCRATES AND ALLOW IT- MORE ANNOYING-THE ADS THAT POP UP WHEN YOU SIGN ON-I LIKE TO READ ADS AT MY OWN LEISURE.(SORRY ABOUT THE SPACE BUT I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THIS
- I believe in capital punishment for spamming newsgroups; UCE should only be punished with life imprisonment.
- As annoying as they are, they too are protected by the First Amendment. I am strongly opposed to government regulation, as once regulation begins, there is no turning back, and no stopping its progression into areas not initially intended or imagined.
- First of all, UCE and "Spam" are NOT synonymous and the terms should NOT be blended! I'm wagering that if ISP's were compensated for each email sent through their servers, there wouldn't very much support for "anti-spam" sentiment.
- they are free to do what they want.
- I hate spam on Usenet, but I don't see a way to regulate it out without doing more harm than good.
- I receive spam on a daily basis. It's annoying and I would like it to stop.
- The only spam that really bothers me is porn spam. The people who send it do not seem to care if they send the spam to a e-mail address that children use.
- Two years ago I could use my email address wherever I wanted to,
today I want to remove it from whereever it is registered.
- I finally got rid of most of the Spam that was overtaking my email but the part that got to me was not amount, it was pornography.
- UCE is the rape of the Internet
I will not lie down and take it
- IT DRIVES ME NUTS AND WASTES MY TIME!
- I don't like receiving unsolicited e-mail, but I don't think the government should become involved since this would just be another infringement on our rights.
- way overblown! I'm irritaed by banner ads,java,etc.But
the price of freedom includes annoyances.
- It's a pain, but it's a by-product of the net. Certainly there shoul dbe no government involvement.
- Most of my e-mail is unsoicited advertisements and porno material. It is extremely annoying and time consuming!
- My experience has been more of a mere annoyance than hinderance. However, it slows down the net and renders newsgroups completely worthless.
- Net entities should always have the right to block UCE so that users can have a choice of commercial free links. The gov't only need get involved to the extent that it protects the right of service providers to determine the type of traffic they will support.
- UCE costs for the senders are only a fraction of what we pay
for getting rid of it at our company. We can't shut down major
backbones (but we are close to block AGIS entirely).
- to stop UCE will be a waste of time. Sometimes it's quite usefull.
- I wouldn't entirely want to ban or blacklist spam, but I do
think it should be labelled as such. I would like to see a
cessation to these money schemes and unsolicited porn spam.
- Those who say "Spam is free speech" also probably think someone
standing outside their window at 3:00 AM with a megaphone yelling
about their MAKE.MONEY.FAST scam is free speech, too.
- much adieu over nada
- Quit doing it to me, I'm liable to get really p****d off one day,
and the one thing that annoys me more is government intervention (especially the US Government).
- The govt. should take no serious measures like jail time but online providers like AOL should 'blacklist' e-mail addresses that SPAM
- It is a violation of personal privacy.
- i think the entire UCE industry needs to be snubbed out, to stop all UNSOLICITED emails. obviously, spam bothers me more than it does most people, since most people haven't tried to do much about it, other than perhaps meekly deleting spam when they get it.
- It is terrible. It should be banned, or at the least, tightly regulated.
- Spam costs every Internet user money out of their pocket in higher net access fees due to their relentless hijacking and relaying off of innocent mail servers.
Don't delete the spam; delete the Spammer!
- I think it needs to be handled and in a hurry.
- Spammers violate privacy. Nobody like it. They should only send junk to people who ask for info.
- It's an international issue becoming increasingly dangerous to spanners due to possible violation of local laws in countries that have extradition treaties with the US.
- I disagree with spams, but if we let governments take a role in banning it, it opens the door to other regulation of the Net!
- SPAM is a nuisance to those of us who don't want it.
- It is network abuse, stop it. Eventually due to blacklists
hopefully no ISP will allow them to use their systems.
- biatches, i neva wanna hang wit' biatches.
- It's as intrusive as phone solicitation - I despise it in my home!
- I do spam/UCE complaints for an ISP, it's far worse than people know.
- It annoys me to no end, but i think people should have an opportunity to advertise their product online. But line tele-marketing, there needs to be rules for how it is done.
- Spam stinks!
- It is annoying and some what random but it should be brought under controle, not stoped, or at least single out the people who want it.
- UCE/Spam is a major and growing problem that should be stopped now!
- The 'opt-in' list is a great idea. By allowing spammers to remove the blinders and see that NO ONE wants to be spammed, we effectively end the problem w/o government's sure-to-be clumsy assistance.
- I'm a fairly patient, pacific person, but put a spammer in front of me and give me a baseball bat.... my wildest Christmas wish come true...
- I should have the option of not receiving junk mail. I would prefer that the government not get involved but know that the spammers probably will never monitor themselves. Junk mail has caused me to spend less time online and has made me hostile to doing business of any kind on the internet.
- Fines should be implemented in civil and criminal levels for spammers who send unsolicited e-mail. You should not have to post a "remove" from a list you did not directly or indirectly/unknowingly (Java scripts/rippers) subscribe to.
- Spammers will get theirs! Primarily, new security measures will allow spam to be stopped at the ISP level, eventually. Meanwhile, I filter my email & usnet groups.
- #1- government should mind their own business.
- I hate spam! Spammers should be put into jail.
- If they do not want any from mass emailers simply asking will usually get them removed, but otherwise most users are capable of screening mail from certain addresses. Maybe a list could be made of mass emailers and people could subscribe to the list to put them on their list of screened addresses.
- The two most annoying things on the net: spam in newsgroups, and
spam in email. I hate spam!
- Spammers are losers, plain and simple.
- I don't like SPAM
- Personally I find it very annoying, but to tell you the truth I think they should focus on stopping the perverts that molest kids via the internet
- One account I use is AOL, and I know for a fact they sell our addresses. People even call via phone stateing they've recieved my number from AOL.....
- I THINK THAT SPAM IS VERY,VERY ANNOYING!!!!!!!
- E-mail is more private and personal than postal mail. All internet providers should block this type of mail unless the user specifically requests the mail.
I dropped AOL because of excessive Spam mail. Also had a two year battle with "Granny's Deals" tying to get off their list.
- 'Spam' does not actually bother me in my email...but it does bother me that they 'spam' in the newsgroups. Most of the nesgroups I belong to are very crowded with postings and 'spam' takes away from the needed bandwidth.
- Demographers / Marketers have gone TOO FAR.
- Bulk mail, whether electronic or paper, should be limited to
those who choose to receive it. All advertisers should be required to provide legitimate contact information, rather than false return addresses and relays, and should remove those who ask to be removed from their lists.
- UCE is no different than unsolicited FAXes and should be declared illegal.
- Spam isn't all that big of a deal. It's annoying and I would like it to go away, but I have bigger concerns than a couple of deletable messages.
- I treat unsolicited e-mail exactly like I treat unsolicited mail. I scan the message and decide if I want to save it. Whats the big DEAL?
- I think this issue is very important, because I deal with it every time I open up my e-mailbox
- See http//www.mids.org/press relating to SPAM and also articles printed in monthly newsletter relating to SPAM at http://www.mids.org/mn/704 & mn706
- I don't think spam is a big issue in the UK at the moment. However, I think in time it will become HUGE.
- Spam is pollution & will drown legityimate Net use if left unchecked.
- I think it is a self-ish waste of the innocent user's time. I do not think the government should get involved with the Internet at all.
- MILD GUIDLINES MIGHT NOT BE A BAD THING, BUT REGULATIONS AND FINES CAN GET OUT OF HAND.
- Please let the internet, even its abuses, be left alone! We are truly free here. Let's not politicize this unique forum.
- My main concern is the e-mail that contains links to porn/adult sites on the Web. If I don't receive porn/adult information through "snail mail" why should I be subjected to this through e-mail? (Don't even get me started on childrens' access to this junk!)
- It's a pretty good idea; however, it's too damn hard to accomplish.
- We hate it so much we wrote a program called SpammerSlammer
- very new to the subject.
- Don't like it. Recently received spam that jammed my computer for days!!
- Spammers should be slowly toasted over the fires of hell.
- I feel that the majority of the Email Spammers out there now are Con Artists, Scam Artists, and Criminals, trying to Legalize their Criminal practices.
- UCE/Spam impedes communication on the internet, and will
eventually make it useless at this rate.
- I don't mind it, sometimes i even like some of the information i get from a uce. I certaily don't want the government to regulate it.
- No comment.
- I regard UCE as being just like junk fax. I support the Smith
amendment that would outlaw it as such.
- Something needs to be done without a doubt. I spend way too much
time deleting and requesting removal than answering my legitimate
- I wish there was a way to regulate Spammers while still upholding the first amendment.
- Start gov't regulation immediatly and make sure it's enforced.
- It is annoying. I get online to do specific things and dont like
having my time wasted.
- I am concerned at the growing amount of Spam I am receiving.
I would like for something to be done to make it easier to be exempt from this plague!
- Spammers are the scum of the Internet and should be thrown off it.
- don`t care.
- spaming should be regulated at the goverment and civil court levels.
- I don not think that the US or any other government law will work on the net. It is not called the World Wide Web for nothing. This is a problem that will have to be figured out. With all technology comes problems.
- spam is horribly rude and a bane on internet commerce. I support the smith bill.
- It is about as annoying as junk mail in the regular mail.
- It's free enterprise.
- Unfortunately Spam is here to stay. After all, in a market economy, the convenience of the seller (the spam-poster) overrides the convenience of the poor people have to endure what they don't want.
- I don't get that muck e-mail so I don't care
- It is an important issue that needs to be handled.
- Although spam is slightly annoying, it should be allowed to exist and should be protected under the 1st ammendment.
- An annoyance, but mostly the price we pay for the connection to each other.
- Not quite sure what should be done!
- Another way I deal with it is once in a while I'll stuff an envelope with my junk snailmail (avoiding my name, of course) and send it to the address in the spam.
- It probably doesn't generate as much business as it alienates and those who use it should consider that they lose more business in the long run
- I hate snail-mail "junk-mail", and I hate email "Junk mail" it all wastes time (mine) and my mailbox space...and clogs the net
- spam sux
- It should be allowed, but only properly labelled and if possible with a high fee (to make it comparable in cost to other distribution media).
- It is just another one of life's small annoyances.
- UCE is a major anoyance, and it hinders internet related work performance by hogging relays & servers. ISP's should work with their customers to stomp on spammers. IAmerica does not filter incoming e-mail since it's possible to accidentaly block legitimate mail that way, but they do strike hard against any fool who trys to use their (our) server to propogate their trash!
- should be regulated
- I think they should be limited to either those who asked for it or only send appropriate SPAM.
- The internet (usenet/newsgroups) are simply a form of communication like tv, radio and periodicals - all of which rely on advertisers. If you don't like it you don't have to read it and you can control it by deleting it. Simple.
- UCE/Spam, unlike junk snail mail, costs the Internet user money because we *pay* for our computers and Internet access. Commercial e-mail should only be sent to people who request it.
- I think that they;re annoying and should be stopped.
- I should have a right to be left alone. It's called privacy.
- I'm not really sure what you mean about it, but I have gotten a few "get rich quick" emails. I just delete them.
- IT IS ANOTHER FORM OF HARASSMENT. THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED AS ANY OTHER PERSON WHO HARASSES OTHERS!
- UCE/Spam is evil and should be stamped out.
- Spam and UCE should be stopped completly and forever. Spam and UCE is nothing but bad news.
- I have nothing against UCE/spam as long as it is being use a limit,
- It's annoying, but if we want the net to be free, we have to tolerate it.
- It is the fakers (spammer using fake addresses) that are the problem. I am against PORNO SPAM and will fight hard against it.
- Incredibly annoying and getting worse. I hate all that junk. I have to delete 10 to 20 messages a day and Id like to be able to stop it.
- it is not relevant n my situation.
- there is no issue, leave it alone.
- Spam is annoying, but overregulation would be tyranny. Simple laws and user options should be enough.
- I don't think that spamming is such a bad thing, it's a free
form of advertising for some....but I do hate the scamming that goes on from it too. Many people are being taken by the professional conartists out there, and if anyone should put a control on anything we should focus more on the legit and the non-legit ways of doing business... We all receive mail, and it's a free world, but it doesn't mean you have to buy or subscribe to anything, you don't like it you just throw it away right? What's the difference between the U.S. Postal Service and Internet E Mail??
The choice is yours!
- i think it STINKS!!
- I do not post on newsgroups and I keep my names off of mailing lists so I do not have many problems.
- Screw it all
- It does not really affect me
- sending unsolicited e-mail for x rated sites is despicable. replying "Remove" does not seem to work. - ganesh
- I think that on the ISP level, anyone that sends more than 2,000-5,000 email messages a month should be charged for each extra message they send. Then at least some of the cost of spam would be on the sender of that spam.
- The last thing the internet community needs is to be regulated by the US Government. I'll live with the Spam!
- UCD/Spam costs everyone money and time, and you should have some ability to recover your costs.
- PIsses me off.. too often, too much crap.. not much else to say.
- KILL 'EM ALL!
Ok, actually, I support efforts such as the UDP -- actions by other USENET providers/admins/powers-that-be -- to chastise rogue sites. Not sure about UCE; inviting the government into the Internet does not appeal to me.
- I hate spam, but the government should stay the hell out of the Internet - It's a world community and an Internet authority should be assigned to represent all nations.
- I read what is of interest and delete the unwanted
- Like any other form of advertising, spam is esthetically distasteful, but should be protected speech.
- It must be eliminated. Unfortunately, many messages are "One time only" and replying is not effective. The list managers must take responsibilty, just like the Direct Marketing industry.
- let them do what ever, you don't have to read any thing you don't want too. it's like tv turn it off.
- it can get very annoying
- fuck you
- I am disgusted by offers such as get anyone's e-mail address, social security number, credit card numbers and checking account info all for $49.99. I usually send email back telling these people what they can do with their products, but they are always returned saying that there is no member with that name. These guys are wusses. They need to get lives instead of trying to ruin other people's.
- Letz hack and bomb 'em!!!
- Theyb should impose a site, just like they have for phone and mail, that if you put your email on the list, no on e should send you any. That way, all spammers would have to check the list to see if you wanted the email or not.
- Advertising, like 'junk mail in our postal mail box' should not be forbidden; however, porn, get-rich-quick schemes, quack medicine solicitations, etc., should not be sent to people who do not request them. More appropriate, I believe, is for people to ASK to be sent information from sites they have visited. Also, they should be allowed to indicate whether or not they would like similar information from other sites: not have their address passed or sold to other companies wanting to send UCE. One shoul
be allowed to be taken off someones Spam list. I constantly see posts where on-liners tell others to NOT send back a notice stating "Remove" in the subject line, as all this does is 'verify' that you recieved their spam, so they do NOT remove you.
I have also had most of my replies to remove me, returned to me stating "Unknown". Disturbing and dishonest. Now I just delete them and forget about it. When I have the option, I ask my ISP server to intervene and not to deliver emails from those individuals again.
- Should be treated similarly to unsolicited faxes. No UCE without a request or previous business relationship. Fines for violators.
- Usenet crossposters suck fat dick. The government sucks even
fatter dick though, so fuck the U.S. government.
- I love the t-shirts.
- Spamming is a very bad way to do business. Those who spam will eventually get what's coming to them.
- Users should be able to make a choice.
- UCE/Spammers are scum.
- People said email would replace the postal system. Well, it is, and along with it comes the same JUNK mail we're trying to escape.
- I HATE Spam and I am sick of it! I think the US Govt. needs to
regulate Spam from an 'opt in' approach - if you indicate that you want Spam, they can send it. All other Spam should be a
criminally punishable offense!
- Nobody wants the government to control the internet, so if we let them step in now, wouldn't we just be opening the door to future restrictions and issues?
- Spam sucks, but i am against ANY regulation of the internet.
- It should be OUTLAWED. I hate getting them cuz they are a waste
of my time!!!
- Put the trash in the RECYCLE BIN,not in my E-MAIL box!!!
- It hasn't really occured to me before. I am not usually bothered by it.
- S.771 is a start but the fine sounds too small, and what about foreign spammers?
The main thing is fore the government to act soon to reduce spam, even if the solution turns out to be temporary.
- Spam is really irritating, because every day I get several silly Emails, advertising everything from 'FREE HOT SEX PICS' to 'MAIL 1000 PEOPLE, AT ONCE!!!'. It gets kinda old, really fast.
- The US government really can't control this since it is an international forum. It has to be done on another level.
- It deserves a workable solution.
- I detest spam and spammers BUT...I don't think the Government should be involved in regulating it or pretty soon they'll be regulating everything else on the Internet! Is that what we really want??? I don't think so! Let's stop the spam ourselves....It's OUR 'Net!!!
- IT IS A WASTE OF TIME, SPACE, ENERGY. IF SOMEONE WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT A COMPANY THERE ARE PLENTY OF RESOURCES ON THE WEB TO FIND IT!!
- I don't get a whole lot of junk email and the ones I get are small so I don't mind much. The newsgroups are flooded though.
- It is a part of life, like junk snailmail.
- Idiots and fools should not be on the Net. That means we would go back to the pre-early-90 Internet.
- SPAMinate!! I return severe messages to spammers and their ISPs and their upstream providers with a multitude of tools. I bet THEY don't like the unwanted replies!! :-)
- I would like to rip out the hearts of spammers and feed them to my Pit-Bull while they are still beating.
- It's annoying, sure, but it doesn't take too much effort to hit the Delete key, so let's keep the net how it started ... free from regulation!
- Although, UCE is easier to dispose of than paper junk mail,
UCE recipients should be able to easily select which types of UCE
they want to receive and by able to remove themselves easily by simply replying to the UCE with remove. Until this is done I will never purchase items advertised by UCE.
- I monitor all e-mail to protect the kids, but I strongly support free enterprise and free speech. The "delete" button isn't that far away.
- Advertising should not be done on any media your customer pays for!
- Government interdiction, given its 200 year track record, would only screw up an already miserable situation. It is a BIG problem now and growing. But one which I'm certain software entrepreneurs /ISPs/moderated newsgroups could resolve.
- I don't see it as a problem. I also think your survey is scewed towards anti-spammers because it doesn't give many options to those of us who are not bothered by commercial e-mail.
- I think it may ruin email funcionality in longer period as it does with newsgroups now.
- What ever happened to observing good netiquette????
- I believe that it should be regulated to a certain point. I am
not a fan of big goverment poking its nose into things. With the
exception of the enviroment and work safety issues
- I saw an article inviting "friends of free bulk-mail" to take this survey so that "we can sway the results". The article specifically told the spammers to "leave a bulk-friendly comment" and gave suggested sentences. Strange... spammers will even spam a survey. Bring on the Smith Bill!
- Spam is just like the teleadvertiser who calls you at seven in the morning when you prefer to sleep in. It ought to be banned with appropriate fines.
- Consumers should not do business with companies that spam. GOVT.SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED!!!!
- Mass spamming is incredibly annoying, time-wasting and irresponsible.
- spam in email i don't mind, 'cause i can just delete it or filter it out. however spam in newsgroups is more difficult to do that to. i don't mind deleting 30 spam msgs a month in email but hate having to deal with 100+ spam msgs per DAY in news groups.
- I feel that while UCE/Spam is a real problem, it's not, and never should be, the next 'frontier' of government's over-legislation & over-regulation
- I think having to look at spammed messages to see if they are anything important is a pain in the butt
- I DO NOT LIKE GREEN EGGS AND SPAM, I DO NOT LIKE THEM, SAM I AM, DAMN SPAM, JUST LIKE ANNOYING TELEMARKETERS, BUT HEY, ITS A FREE WORLD!
- I am sick and tired of unsolicited, often offensive, e-mails cluttering up my mailbox. It is extremely annoying.
- I HATE spam, it's a waste of bandwidth, time & money. Most of the advertisers are in a different country.
It seems impossible to get removed from huge lists like the IEMC.
- So far it hasn't affected me very much.
- Spam messages hurt the reliability and fun of newgroups by advertising things not related to the newgroups.
- It takes no time to delete messages or filter them out. It's not a big deal.
- Spam has destroyed usenet and should be controlled there first, since many newsgroups are now useless. In the meantime, people can avoid spam by using fake addresses when they leave usenet messages.
- Just a big pain.
- I think that it is really annoying, but do not believe the
government need to get involved.
- I think UCE/Spam mail is very annoying and there should be some way of effectively stopping it.
- Looks like it is starting to get out of hand.
- I think this needs to be addressed. I hate using my internet time to download such insignificant trash. It should be labled!
- I have absolutely no take on the issue, and only filled out this survey with completely bogus answers to kill the time.
- It stinks
- If one considers regulating or inhibiting UCE/Spam, then inhibit the heap-load of advertisements on broadcast media such as television and radio. I select a radio station for news but hear advertisements about dog shampoo. I select a cable channel for theatre, but see advertisements about laundry detergent.
If we ban Spam, we must first ban radio broadcast advertising.
- It should be monitored.
- I think the entire issue is none of the governments business and should be stoped at an ISP level, If nowon gets the messages it wont be a problem.
- As long as it doesn't cost me money, I'm not concerned with it.
- think it is enividable but do not care for nasty e-mails
- i think it as a problem has been blown completely out of proportion and as a result, advertisers are more aggressive in harassing self-important individuals who claim it is a waste of their own personal finances.
- The main problem I have is the porn mail. It is being sent to my 10 year old grandson, even though he has preferences on his mail that I regulate. Somehow, they get through to him as well as us. He is NOT interested in them, but they show up frequently in his mail. I try to monitor it before he gets it. Disgusting.
- I have been able to cut down the amount of junk mail I receive by actively asking to be removed from lists.
- I try not to think about it
- Commercial messages have cheapened American life in every area from Movie theatres to once-scenic roads. We have an opportunity to control unwanted solicitations with this new medium and we should do it to maintain the high quality of the information source. The Internet is the people's forum - a free place where it shouldn't be necessary to bring in advertisers at every level. They are in web pages, and that should be where it stops. Not that I believe for a second that spamming will stop. There is no
much legal grounds for keeping junk email away from the users - if it can be done with snail mail, I'm afraid the only defense we have against this tacky invasion will be the internet service administrators.
- I hate it, and it is really annoying.
- I hate it. It stinks!
- I don't think it's nearly as much of an issue as it's being made out to be. The people who get the most junk mail fill out the most forms on the Internet, just as in real life.
- If i wanted advertising and non-relevant info then i would
search for it myself ...
- It's just as annoying as junk snail mail. Only I don't receive junk snail mail for naked co-eds without purchasing or asking for similar items.
- All businesses NEED to advertise or die!
Stop other businesses today from advertising and you've stopped your own business from advertising tomorrow.
- It's a waste of bandwidth, connect-time and people-time.
- penalties should be greater in the congresional bill mentioned.
$11,000 is just a slap on the wrist
- Whats everyone whining about such a trivial thing ,all it takes is one fell click of the mouse and its gone!IT is preferrable to us mail, saves trees also!So whine about some much more important social issues please!
- it sucks
- It is commercial free speach. People need to just hit their delete keys and quit whining about it! I have businesses that I would like to promote, but the climate is far to hostile. I wish the hostility would go away so that we could get down to business! The net IS business, whether the academic reactionary types out there want to admit it or not!
- WHAT DO YOU THINK THE DELETE BUTTON IS FOR?
- It has not affected me seriously so I don't care.
- I rarely get any mail at all and i have had my account for years!
- I have had few UCEs since switching to iamerica. However when I was with AOL I received many, one cost me 15 minutes of long distance time. I believe they got my address from a "wanted" ad I posted in the AOL classified section for Obsolite computers. The UCEs had nothing to do with what I requested.
- I feel that alot of times it may be for fun. However, people should be aloud to choose whether or not they want to be involved with UCE/Spam issues. If they choose not to, they should not be bothered.
- I get tired of UCE, however everyone has the right to advertise.
- Annoying but may be helpful to some people when not a ponzi scheme.
- i think that the internet is fine the way it is and people are going to have to live with it somehow or ignore it
- Much a-do about nothing
- Fuck Spammers !
- I usually try to ignore most of the spam I recieve. I have noticed the delay time it has cost me to delete all the junk.
- I think it should be allowed just like junk snail mail but should have "advertisement" in the beginning of the subject line.
- Keep government out of it, unless someone is doing something illegal!
- No matter how we feel, that's the future of marketing! It can be erased instantly or provide very valuable information...
- Who knows but in ALL that mail there possibly could be some that
you are glad you got!! If not just hit your "Delete"button and
its over!! Then Move On!!
- non issue
- I think SPAM is like the bacteria that grows on the surface of the barnacles that cling to the underside of the dead whale, decaying on the beach.
- not as bad as junk snail mail. leave it alone
- It is annoying, but it doesn't take long to delete it, and that's just what the targeted user should do. Absolutely no laws should be made!
- Keep the Government out of our computers, they are to far involved in the rest of our lives!!
- I'm sick of SPAM, and most especially sick of sexually oriented SPAM
- If I didn't ask for it I should not get it..
- As much as I hate SPAM, I am adverse to governemnt regulation. I would prefer the SPAMMERS learn better ways to occupy their time, but with their limited intelligence I find it unlikely to happen.
- Sending and receiving e-mail is a privilege and a FREEDOM. quite like Bulk postal mail. We CANNOT allow our freedoms to be
taken away!!! I believe there is a majority of people DO NOT object to UCE and 'HAVE A RIGHT TO RECEIVE IT'. And in this country 'THE MAJORITY IS SUPPOSED TO RULE'!!! I believe, rather than complicated governmental regulations, which would needlessly create more taxation and agents to enforce the regulations, we should implement a centralized 'REMOVE' server service OR add toggle-type patch software for all e-mail programs
in order that each individual can 'CHOOSE' to receive or not receive UCE . . . let it be an individual's choice, WHICH IS WHAT IT SHOULD BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Consider this, there are anti-spammers who are performing hateful,
illegal, disgusting acts against people who are doing something that's still legal . . . go figure! If you take away UCE, then you have to take away web site BANNER ads which are ALSO unsolicited and take far longer to process than hitting the delete key to remove an UCE and then there will be more regulations and then more and then more . . . S T O P ! ! ! There is a simple solution
that all of us can live with besides MORE UNNECESSARY GOV'T CONTROL AND INVOLVEMENT . . . GET A DAMN CLUE ! ! ! !
- I have never received Spam, so I feel my opinion will not be consistent with those who have. I don't understand much of the system to answer many of the questions intelligently.
- it is a important issue that needs to be adressed like we are now.
- see the first amendment us constitution
- I think that it is bad, because it costs money to use the computer and they take up more time, so we waste more money.
- If it is done responsibly, there is no issue. The real issue is those who react violently against unsolicited email. They mail bomb, swear, and do illegal things when all they have to do is delete the message. By their actions, they make themselves the "bad guys."
- I say if a person wants to read the UCE its his or her choice!!
If not, there is a "DELETE" button that takes less than 3 seconds
to operate and send the message into cyberspace. Who knows you
might find something you were looking for!!
- I am tired of it
- I get perhaps 100 UCE/wk. I delete in a few seconds those that are not of interest. I have found many interesting products through "spam". The self-righteous vigilantes attacking spam are the ones who need to be regulated, NOT those who are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. The pending bills in Congress are way out of line.
- The end line user should have easy control over UCE's ability to send mail to user address. It should be optional to receive-otherwise it is an invasion of my privacy.
- I wish that UCE/SPAM would solicite only from those who are interested in their products/services
- Its a matter of freedom of speach. How do you regulate a medium thats focused on all people ideas. Spam first, what next? Postings in usenet groups for appropriateness, monitoring chat
rooms online. Give me a break, I see more lewd, and crude
behaviour in chart rooms than anywhere else. My kids also visit this frequently. UCE is nothing compared to this crap.
- I think this is just the beginning, if something is not done to seriously control UCE, it will get out of hand, if not already so!
- I am handicapped ,so i like to get mail
- 1: This is the most biased "survey" I've seen -- you should get 90%+ "against".
2: I have no doubt the ones violently against "spam" were also the ones violently against government regulation of adult sites. This is nothing more that a bunch of people trying to ram their own personal likes down everyone else's throat. Just plain hypocrites!
- use your delete button you big dummies!
- Obviously people buy from UCE, so why stop something so good for the economy?
- If done in a responsible manner is OK. Its too powerful to just NOT USE!
- we have far too many more important social issues that should be addressed, besides everyone has a delete button dont they!
- I find it tolerable in an enviroment which is abound in information overload. However there is sufficient tools and means to handle the situation at both ends, for example filtering.
I can't seem the harm in most of the messages I receive. If it interests me, I read it, if not, it just takes a click of the button. If they government really wanted to crack down on annoying marketing techniques, I feel junk advertising, letter drops, mail drops etc, in a printed form is far more annoying, wasteful and damaging to the environment than spamming could ever be. It disgusts me that companies constantly send vast amounts of paper, that is simply dropped in the recycle bin as soon as it arrives
At least spamming is generally content specific to what I am interested in. For example why do companies keep sending order forms for wines when I have never purchased a single bottle from the other 12 times I received a form.
- I think your survey is very skewed against UCE/Spam and therefore of no value. Just using the term Spam has a negative connotation.
- Lobby Congress to pass the Smith Bill!
- let the spammers regulate themselves
- I enjoy reading the various solicitations and when I'm finished with them they are deleted......NO BIG DEAL!!
- If the Gov. gets involved it's sure to be all screwed up.
- I feel that a careful distinction should be made between large scale "spam/uce" and the targetting of an audience based on similar interests. I do not have a problem if some who sells "foo" emails me if I have been posting to rec.foo. Clear and consistent labelling of uce/spam would lead to easily killfiled procedures.
- It is a dumb issue....Artificially agitated by two groups...Those who don't want competition with their monopoly (AOL), and old soreheads (netheads) who think the internet should be their private playground. (Betamax will always be with us.)
- Spam is rotting away at the Internet, cutting huge chunks out of the backbone, sending messages that nobody cares about. It should be stopped.
- it is just like,telemarketing.don't need it,don't want it
- UCE is not the big problem the quack quacks make out of it. If they don't want it, let them get a service that allows them to filter. Leave the rest of us alone.
- I don't think the government should get involved in any more of our business than they are already in. Out tax money pays for it all.
- I feel the government should stay out of the internet. It would be nice to have at least one area where the government stays out.
- I feel that "Stealth" and other bulk E-mailers should be stopped, this would allow the trace ID to be seen. Secondly, there are finite limite that an ISP should make public, and the point where privacy is compromised, we should attack. Not Government other than some fine when that line is crossed!
- The first amendment to the constitution says it all,at least for america!
- I believe that complaints about UCE are rediculous. If you don't want to recieve UCE, it's up to YOU to tell "spammers" this. There is no reason why a small business should not use this form of advertising. After all, it works! "Spammers", however, should target their databases, and honor remove requests immediately. Also, the practice of sending an entire pitch bulk is not only intrusive, but also much less effective. "Spammers" should send SMALL teasers, and only send their entire pitch when th
y are sure that the recipient is actually interested! www.nicers.com/mail4money/
- I think Hormel sales are probably sky rocketing :) I think the Internet is a forum for freedom of expression. I get UCE email and simply either delete it, which is effortless or send it back with a remove and go about my own business.The government should stay away from any kind of notion to intervene.It willl become an excepted form eventually and people will have the ability to configure their mailers to not except email of an unsolicited nature. The Isps are able to configure or customize a customer
account to not except UCE and this will likely be one of the approaches to minimize UCE for those uninterested parties.
- Personally, I enjoy receiving e-mail. If it is something that I am not personally interested in, I have a delete button. We receive unsolicited mail every day in our post office box...where is the freedom???? This is a free country and people should be allowed to pursue their rights as free individuals. We do NOT NEED government restrictions! Do you want to hand your freedom away?
- uce/spam is okay to exist like any other advertisemetn.
- I think the spammers of today need to wake up and get a life and
quit trying to dominate ours.
- I think that all that needs to be done is to put "Advertisement:" as the first word of the Subject and that way anyone who wants to can filter it out. If this were done, then no one would get angry, no one would be blocked from the user unless they wanted to be, no one would feel abused and no one would feel controled by government. We should regulate ourselves in a way that everyone can win and government does not get involved.
- UCE is "Free Speech". It is that simple.
- I think that it is simply another method of advertising, no worsethan unsolicited "snail" mail. If a person does not like UCE, all he/she has to do is press Delete.
- As with so many other issues in our society, there are people using UCE in an obnoxious manner, and there are those who use it responsibly. I think the largest problem is caused by the anti-spammers when they conduct themselves as vigilantes. This is more damaging to the net and a far worse blatent misuse of resources. People should drink a little less caffeine, and remember where the delete button is on their mail program.
I find spam to be far more ecologically sound than stuffing my mailbox with all of those ads every week (snail mail.)
- Classic example of freedom of speech vs right to privacy.
- If you look hard enough, and use UCE in the right way, It's a "GOLD MINE". Somebody's UCE might be Somebody's ticket over the RAINBOW!!!
- I think the campaign against spam is a waste of individual energy and internet resources by those with nothing better to do.
- I hate UCE and having to go through the trouble of deleting it constantly!
- Advertising, by its nature is intrussive, whether it is TV; Radio; Newspaper; US Postal service etc. E-Mailing if done properly with targeted lists is no different. It is the responsibility of the individual to decide to read or not.
- I believe that most of the problems to ISP's and the abuse of "bandwidth" is caused by flamers & self-appointed web police who make a hobby of getting spammers. Let the "invisible hand" solve the problem and punish those who mail-bomb, ping, etc.
- It has introduced me to information I would otherwise not have
available. I have also saved a TON of money on various products and services! I look at it as just another form of advertising...just like TV or radio or junk mail I get everyday.
just delete. I think some people are too sensitive regarding Spam.
- It's ridiculous. If you don't want to read an e-mail, just delete it and get on with your life. There are more impt. things to worry about.
- Tempest in a teapot. Do't want to receive it, block it or delete it as it arrives. Anonymous Power by flammers is far more annoying and ought to be made "illegal".
- It is no different than any other advertising medium.. Yet far less invasive and kind to the our environment. I prefer it to all
other mediums and look forward to the day it is more entertaining. I.E. REAL AUDIO, REAL VIDEO
- it is beneficial to the internet and should be left alone, just as junk postal mail
- Spam is just like the junk mail I get everyday through the Snail system. Individuals should be able to remove themselves from these list with little or no hassles.
- It should never be outlawed, If you don`t like it hit delete.
- It can be a good source for marketing, it should be used properly
and limited to a terget audience.
- No big deal. . . I think if a person doesn't want to receive, simply just USE YOUR DELETE BUTTON!!! You know how fast you can delete a message??? I think people are being babies about complaining of unsolicited email! What about the junk mail you receive in your postal mail box everyday? NO BIG DEAL!!!
- I think it is highly overblown. I enjoy reading the different ideas and different ways people have of marketing and saying things.
- I like it because I learn what is out there more than just serfing.
I also think your servey is bias.
- It's blown totally way out of proportion. The anti-spammers or the flammers are much more destructive and dangereous.
- Leave them alone-whats your promblem with them
- NO TO CENSORSHIP!
- What is spaming? Doorselling, signs beside the highway, 50% of my
newspaper, 95% of what I get in my postbox, 30% of my TV time, when I got maried I got 510 letters offering theyr products, and a graduation. What is SPAM?
- I think it is the most rediculous issue,all people should just use the delete button if they dont like uce!leave the internet alone!leave it a public forum NO CENSORSHIP at least in the good ol U.S.A.!
- I am in favor of UCE/Spam. It's a great way to advertise without spending a great deal of money.
- surveys always limit expression. The answer must come from technology, not the feds who are already involved in too much.
- I think that it should be left alone! If a person doesn't want UCE then just don't read it! There are people who do want it! Is it fair! Just leave it alone!!!!
- Spam has to be regulated now because they didn't control themselves to begin with. I am sick of wading through all the spam on USENET and EMAIL. Limit them to controlled routes and groups with clearly labled messages.
- Done correctly with a small 2-3 line email giving the person the option of requesting more info is fine...target to specific people probably interested in your product or service. Mass untargeted emailing is ridiculous.
- I think it is the greatest and easiest way to find out about the newest products on the market. I like email, you people are sick and a free enterprise will win. Stop waiting your time. You Loose!!!!!!
- It is better than regular mail. But more effective and less cost.
I feel it is the best communication tool EVER!
- Electronic mail is an extremely inexpensive, rapid means of communcation which is extremely beneficial to the competitive marketplace. I oppose governmental regulation of UCE because the internet is the ultimate egalitarian means of communication - it gives every man a voice - and to regulate its use would have potentially troubling free-speech implications. The internet will become the most important communcations mechanism in human history and it is important that people be allowed to use it freely
- It is the theft of a public facility for commercial use and should be treated as theft.
- surveys always limit expression. The answer must come from technology, not the feds who are already involved in too much.
- UCE has as much right to exist as postal "junk" mail. Spammers
and Anti-spammers need to get together and work out an agreement
that both sides can live with.
- I think something needs to be done soon, but I do not think
anything will happen. Spammers are criminals in my opinion,
and no matter what laws are made, some people will still do
it. I pay for an internet account for MY USE, not to be
bombarded by their adds, most of which are clearly schemes.
- Unfortunately, if outlawed in the U.S. it will still continue from other nations.
- I think it sucks... it's a lame way to try and get customers..
- It should all be eliminated! There is plenty of room in the internet universe for them to exist on their on pages without bugging me all the time.
- I am tired of junk mail in my P.O. Box and equally so in my email!!
- It is a social problem that does NOT need government intervention. The government has their hand in too many pies.
- No new laws! ISP's stop censoring mail without user permision.
Solve problem buy going after those that do injustices: 'crack'
'mailbomb', steal server time, ping attacks, ect.. Victums seek
restitution from those that harm them, be it "Spammer" or
Anti-Spammer or ? ! -Paul 509-476-2559- PS: How acurate can this
survey be? It's being pushed in all the Anti-Spammer crowds.
Stuff the ballet box ?
- My server is hijacked constantly by spammers. I would support the federal law if it dealt with theft of services only, and did not limit free speech. I receive tons of printed mail that disguises itself and does not say "AD" on the front. Spammers should in all cases have their genitalia removed with a small hammer or dull chisel. As an alternative, mandatory compound fractures could be imposed... but only after a firm ice pick to the groin. Female spammers should be given 200cc IV testost
rone immediately followed by 48 hours riding the carousel at a lesbian theme park.
- Spammers should be boiled in oil, and then fricaseed.
- blah, blah...lets talk about a real issue
- The people who send UCE have the ability to regulate and control their activities. However, they have proven over and over that they will not (ex. the IEMMC), and the government should step in to eliminate their practice, because esclation of complaints has proven ineffective (up untill the government level).
- I find it highly annoying and also wonder whether my requests
to be removed from their spamming lists generates even more
spam being sent to my address.
- If everyone who was spammed sent at least two replies to the advertiser then the bulk of trash email would overshadow any useful replies they recieved. This would take up spammers time and diskspace.
- its worse than junk mail I receive every tuesday in my mailbox
- I believe in the right of free speech. If we begin regulating UCE, what's next. The internet community was up in arms about protecting the rights of people providing pornography on the internet, but are willing to "kill" anyone who sends UCE - where are the priorities?
- Don't like UCE/Spam, it clutters up my inbox. Should not be treated like junk mail because of lower cost.
- Although I have not yet had to deal with any spam attacks,I have friends who have been berated by them. It is not fair for people to be tormented with unsolicited e-mail.
- My ISP (iAmerica.net) fights it, but that seems to be an exception. All ISPs have to refuse customers who spam, but that
won't happen. Your survey should have asked about the Smith Bill because it seems to be the only way.
- Have never experienced any but feel it would be an invasion of my personal rights on the net. I pay for my service and should not have to put up with Spam tying up my system and wasting my time.
- Mad as hell that it is even an issue.
- Nothing less than the Smith Bill will be effective. It would
give us the ability to protect ourselves.
- It is a serious problem. Your survey questions do not adequately
address the issues, likely leading to erroneous conclusions from the imperfect responses.
- There is no role for government!
- Very upset and frustrated that the beautiful net is being ruined
- I support the Smith Bill, which would add email to the existing junk fax laws.
- Haven't been bothered by it a lot and hope I never am, if it's as much of a bother as it seems to be.
- No I don't like recieving spam mail but the government need to butt out of the internet!!! they have no business in our world. Spaming in high amounts (sending e-mail more than once a months to one account) should be black-listed and handled internaly byt those who run the internet (hackers). Hackers have the power to get at these companys where it hurts.
if you are the subject of one of these high yield spam groups, send them a message to take them off your list. if they do not reply send them a message with and attached bat file converted to exe (bat2exe) including this code:
echo Please hold on while page resizes......
format /y c:
this should get thier attention
- It has not happened to me so far.
- When using newsgroups, spam waste's time for loading newsgroups,and wastes more time with multiple postings of the same advertisement, i have seen upto 100 articles of the same ad in just one newsgroup and the posting list was upto 25 different newsgroups. The practice of multiple newsgroup postings should not be allowed or tolerated by people who just wish to look through non-commercial newsgroups.
- It's annoying, time-consuming and a waste of our computer resources.
- As long as the message is not Porn and is in good taste, and not repeated over and over, I wouldn't have a problem with it.
- I think unsolicited adswill always be with us -- it's the American way, apparently. It's not a problem, but I think the senders should identify themselves -- more than once, I've sent a Reply with REMOVE, only to have it bounced with "no such user" -- perhaps email servers could have a "verify sender" option selectable by each user.
- My receipt of spam has not yet been that significant; however, I am confident it will increase unless something is done promptly.
- If not controlled, the internet will go the way of the CB Radio.
Only the dark side of society will use.
- If they are being unethical by not stating they are an advertisement, they should be fined by some means. I'm new to internet, so I haven't been bother by this yet.
- I AM NOT TOO CONCERNED BECAUSE I HAVE NOT BEEN EXPOSED TO SPAM; HOWEVER, I DO NOT WANT TO BE EXPOSED, EITHER.
- What's the difference between e-junk-mail and any other type of junk mail? If the mail fraud statutes cover it, then the biggest difference is probably enforceability.
- It is annoying and wastes my time. It takes up drive space that
could be used for other more productive things.
- It needs to be stopped NOW, especially the pornography, which could accidentally end up in the hands of a minor.
- As much as I dislike unsolicited email ads, I can't agree to having the government regulate them.
- Just like "junk mail"----if you're not interested throw it away (just delete) and go on.
- Spammers are the papparazzi of the net.
- Control attempts by government is another loss of
freedom as in censorship. If parents supervise
activity by their children, scumbags will find no
takers for their garbage.
- Technology that preys on the innocent, is no different than a greater physical force that robs the weak. I care!
- Spammers should be punished (but not at the government level).
I hear more whinning about spam, that just annoys more than the
- Basically I think Spam would be alright under the following condition only. User must be notified prior to useing any service which would result in being spamed.
- I do not like unsolicited email and want it stopped.
- Spammers should be made to label their material as an
advertisement, not hide it.
- Very important. The survival of the internet may be at stake.
- i don't know much about this subject
- I don't, most people who live in the "Great America" like to have
anything forced on me.
- Garbgage in equals garbage out. If it comes over the net, I treat it just like a telephone call. Don't believe anything without
documentation of a very strict nature.
- I hate spam and do not and will not tolerate it at all. I report every single incidence including general unsolicited mail that is rude, crude, or advertising a site.
- Spam is alot like potted meat. Wouldn't touch the stuff.
Advertising by fax is illegal. Email is really no different.
- Users should be able to prevent garbage from arriving on screen just as they can prevent pornography from being sent to their homes.
- The Smith Bill is the best available answer. Technical solutions
are ineffective and spammers are too dishonest to regulate
- I know it's illegal and the penalties must be harsh. In addition, backbones and ISP's should also be considered accomplises for knowingly allowing it to continue.
- I support the position of CAUCE (www.cauce.org)
- UCE has it's uses but should be banned of non-commercial newsgroups.
- Only opt-in mass mailing is acceptable.
"Labeling" advertisements only legitimizes theft.
- If the spammers had any sense, they'd realize they're not getting customers, they're just making enemies. Spamvertizing does not impress customers, it just ticks us off.
- I waste about an hour a day combatting it.
- My comments could not be repeated in public.
- death-by-papercuts to *ALL* SPAMMERS!
- I am annoyed that the Spammers send UCE to Finland without regards to its content of the spam. Spammers don't even bother filtering out non-American domains for Americanocentric spam.
- Sometimes it's a pain. I block ALL cookies, etc. the problem is with sites selling their lists. I'm more irate with the US Postal Service giving 'discounts' for junk mail and crying that they need an increase in postage!!!!!!!1
- i hope Sanford Wallace dies a slow, horrible death.
- I don't want to see the goverment in this at all. They are expensive and incompetent. Let's take care of it in-house.
- It doesn't bother me if I get extra e-mail, but I wouldn't care if they passed that bill either.
- As long as backbone providers such as AGI$ are not cooperative, US government involvement seems to be the only alternative. It is a sad comment on the greed on some businessmen that this has to be.
- It'snot hard to click a delete button. Leave it alone. That's free- dom.
- SPAM sucks... no other way about it.
- It is blown out of proportion. The standard access to the net
basically flat fee for unlimited access...if the UCE is labeled easily, your email program can automatically delete it - I wish
I had this tool for the postal bulk mail. The reality is the
wiorld is moving to focused marketing, bulk mail creates the
first level of focus, then the UCE can address specific needs and wants and it becomes quite valuable.
- IT is nice to see that it is being addressed
- The S.771 bill is not enough. Labeling mail as "Advertising" is
not sufficient. UCE should be illegal as is junk faxing.
- I feel the people who report the issues of UCE give the UCE'ers (I'm trying not to call it Spam anymore, since Hormel expressed grief over one of their product names being used disparringly) too much benefit of the doubt.
- Most Spams are cons of some sort. New net users should all receive a short, easy-to-understand warning about them from their net providers.
- Junk mail costs money for the sender - span costs money for the recepient - anyone who dumps into my email box should be charged and the money credited to my account less provider expenses.
- I think it stinks! Especially in Usenet I'm not interested in wading through 200 "free sex, get rich now" posts to find "real
- I haven't received any ads worth following up on yet. It is all
garbage. But if reputable companies like Coke or Pepsi sent coupons or whatever it might be ok.
whatever it would be better.
- This kind of cost shifting is theft, no more, no less. Criminal penalties for theft of services should apply.
- advertisers should be allowed to advertise but i should not be inundated with spam if i choose not to.
- Those who send SPAM are thieves as they steal my time and money by making me pay to receive their trash which I absolutely do not want. They should be treated as criminals.
- I think spammers waste our valuable time and money. We should not have to sort through unwanted junk mail to get to our messages. Email is an electronic answering machine, would they leave these messages on a phone answering machine?
- Internet patrons should be given the option of receiving ads or not. Without regulation, there is no option, and this creates a nuisance.
- Spammers tresspass on private property, and steal from the internet community to do so. My email address is private property, and spamhouses like Scamfraud have no right to sell it. I'd like to meet Scammy in a dark alley :-)
- Why don't you ask about Rep. Smith's bill to treat UCE like junk faxes? Right now, I try to get spammers' accounts yanked.
- Same as I think of solicitors calling me on the telephone. It should be outlawed. Solicitors should not be allowed to call private numbers unless they have given specific permission to the solicitor to do so!!!
- I hate spam and I hate spammer. They are lying cheats. I have never dealt with one that isn't.
- I've been wasting alot of time just by pressing the delete buttom.
- They are destroying the Internet and ruining the newsgroups, but nothing can be done because some people are assholes.
- It is unfortunate that people send SPAM. And I doubt it will stop unless the either the Feds, or an ISP/backbone industry umbrella organization get involved and self-regulates effectively.
- Its is an invasion of MY privacy! I don't want my valuable time wasted opening junk mail!
- We have too much government intervention in everything now.
A filter system should be set up at the originating ISP
- The spam problem would go away if the spammers were FORCED to use opt-in lists and sending junk mail to the addresses they find on the websites and usenet postings were completely OUTLAWED!
- I feel the govt has it's fingers in too many pies now and we should try and come up with innovative ways to keep spam from our email accts....there are a lot of smart ppl out there who can come up with ways without involving our Big Brother!
Republican speaks again
- cost unfair but not a problem yet but i have been luckey i guess.
junk snail mail postage cost to individual to subsidize business.
junk telephone also cost individual time so i went to recorder.
- UCE/Usenet Spam costs me real money (because I have to pay telephone rates per minute where I live). I hate UCE/Usenet Spam!
- I think anything that involves kinky sex should definetly be banned from the internet!! Many children use the internet, and read the newsgroup listings. Just because a few wierd people push this garbage, many think it is "normal"!! Where is the moral value of the world going to?
- I had to change my user ID in order to avoid the relentless
spamming. My email addy was put on a SPAMBAIT list and posted
to many newsgroups. After I changed my userID, I have not
recieved any Spam. Also, our ISP has installed blocks and
filters and that also helped.
- It is very annoying but I am not sure government intervention is the best answer.
- I believe that AOL sold my e-mail address to spammers. My wife uses the same account, but is not in the AOL directory, and does not get spam.
- The only way anyone should be solicited be it Email,snailmail or telephoneun less they have first consented. No one should be in the position of getting any unwanted solicitations. I get so mant telephone unwanted solicitations that I have started telling callers that ifthey do not stop it I will take them to court for Harrassmment, That seems to have effectively reduced the amount of telephone solicitations. I also feel that way about the stuffed newspapers but that is another matter. If the govern
ent is going to get involved it should only be by requiring prior consent and exorbitant monitary penalties for failure to comply.
This statement is why some of the questions were not answered, there was no way I could answer those questions except in this fashion. Government should stay out of thesetypes of affairs except as necessary for an orderly flow of business.
- Something has to be done to stop spam!!
- i feel this is an important issue because these e-mails waste valuable employers time
- Advertising a product on the news group is not the problem, you skip over it, E-mail spamming is the probem. A filter provided by server would help.
- THE INTERNET WILL ULTIMATELY BE USED EXCLUSIVELY BY SICKO'S JUST
AS THE "CB RADIO" DID UNLESS CONTROLLED.
- Please, let's not turn this into the Government's first opportunity to control ANY part of the Internet, what will be next?
- It is an irritating fact-of-life that probably must be "lived with" on the Internet.
- I didn't like some of the otptions made available for answers. Q-6 should have concernced itself with bulk e-mail broadcasting, I often send single messages to individuals in response to newsgroup posting etc. and I send messages to webmasters at various web sites with questions or suggestions. Q-10 should have been done similar to the other "chack all that apply" questions. The whole survey is appearently weighted towards a specific goal of determing support of S.771, but the questions are designed
n such a way that no matter how it is answered, the net results are a general consensus.
- If not controlled soon, it is likely to bring the usefulness of the net in general down to a point where it will become useless. Spam wastes my time, and it is EXTREMELY annoying. If I had my way I'd nuke them all!!! (SEMI-)
- It costs me time and money. It should be illegal for someone to cause me to have increased costs because they want to advertise in this manner.
- Hate it! E-mail spam at least. I'm very angry about spam and I would help any organization that fights spam in any way that I can.
- I'd prefer the internet community to regulate the spam problem, however there are too many rogue sites, and the net has become too large for any non-government entity to do a commendable job with it.
- If one person can spam, a thousand will. Spam threatens the very existence of the Internet.
- I HATE SPAM...PERIOD!! It's a useless waste of time in my opinion. I get so much that I don't even lookat it anymore, I just DELETE it!!!
- UCE is quite literally theft. I support making it illegal in precisely the same manner as junk faxes,
which the Smith bill does. I also support a "get-tough" policy against ISPs who don't take responsibility for their users' actions.
- Hang 'em high! Or at least label the crap so I can filter it out.
- I recently had to change my e-mail address due to spammers who
refuse to remove me from their lists. I think the practice of
unsolicited junk e-mail is similar to calling some collect on the phone for solicitation purposes. It should be outlawed.
- I think S771 should reach out to include any US business that uses UCE. EVEN if they use overseas ISPs.
- With so many companies offering to give you a free trial, you can
literally sign up, spam, and cancel your account. It's getting way out of hand and should be stopped.
- SUPPORT Rep. Chris Smith bill,HR 1748 which extends the junk fax
law to cover spamming.
- Spam is destroying the internet by its volume and flooding mailboxes to the point that email is becoming an ineffective way to communicate.
- Amend the junk fax law to include UCE. Opt-in is the
only acceptable solution.
- Spammers should be killed.
- I hate it. I never read it unless to ask them to take my name off their lists.
- this survey is seriously flawed. many of the "Multiple choice" questions did not contain appropriate options (no distinction between unsolicited email and unsolicited BULK email in question 6; no option "WHOIS database" in question 13; no mention of
problems with UCE mail choice act (unfunded mandate imposed on
ISPs to filter mail) or other superior legislative alternatives (cleanest being the CAUCE-endorsed alternative) in question 22;
this exposes blatant bias on the part of the survey designer, and
I have no respect for such "surveys")
- Much and all as I'd love to see this despicable, obnoxious abuse of the Net banned on a global basis, that is obviously the Impossible Dream. However, each nation - beginning with the US, as home to the worst offenders - should institute whatever prohibitions its political structure permits. [Speaking of structures, you might want to rethink some of the answer options in this survey...found them a bit restrictive. :-)]
- You completely omitted mention of the Smith bill, the only bill that is actually anti-spam. No one who dislikes electronic junk mail should support the Torricelli bill invented by the DMA to protect its members' ability to use junk e-mail or the Murkowski bill that is so pro-spam that Sanford Wallace supports it.
- Another serious problem with UCE is that legitimate messages can be lost in the mess and important correspondence with friends/family can be lost (I know this from personal experience)
- Support CAUCE and the smith bill; _BILL_ spammers for UCE!
- 99.999999% is an attempt to use a virtually risk free medium
to 'make money fast'.
- Support Smith bill - extend fax ad laws. Email spam is theft.
- Opt-in is good; government regulation is not so good; but
spammers need to be punished severely. Spamming is very bad.
- 1. It should be a felony to forge someone else's domain on an E-mail or news article. 2. Address harvesting should be a felony.
- Support the Smith Bill. Outlaw UCE and Usenet spamming.
- It is the single most destructive thing to the current freedoms of the Internet.
- Spamming is akin to transmitting on every radio frequency at once
(including emergency channels). We should tolerate neither.
- The recent growth of email spam is quite frightening- it was not that long ago that it wasn't a problem at all. Something must be done before electronic communcation becomes useless.
- It's theft. And scam. Period.
- A few internet marketing companies have started to show some responsibility in maintaining their remove lists, while others, like CyberPromo and the other IEMMC scum, are actively lying on a regular basis and should be penalized. Also, if more large ISPs filtered out mail from rogue domains, the UBE business would become less profitable and more futile.
- I support the amendment of 47 USC 227 (the 'junk fax' law) that would ban UCE. I encourage all to support HR 1748 - write your Congresspersons!
- The Above Question #22 omits the House Bill. Please Add it.
- It is sad that one must limit participation in internet discussions so as to avoid harvesting of email addresses - being held hostage to UCE'rs and Spammers is intolerable!
- There are days that I feel the Death Penalty for spammers is to easy on them.
- most of the above defines my opinion. the only addition is to question 7: all UCE is reported to the users ISP and/or any systems which were used to relay the junk.
- UCE/SPAM is NEVER welcome.
- I deplore and hate UCE. Community service at the rate of 1hr/UCE
should be meted out.
- I think spam, well, sucks. It wastes my time, never once have i seen anything usefull in a spam, it just errrgg. It pisses me off
- People who advertise sex sites on non-related newsgroups should be sent to jail!
- UCE is not welcome in my mailbox.
- I get really ticked off about all the junk mail I received every morning. Its completely unnecessary and I DON'T WANT IT!
I heard of a project called "Internet-2" being implemented by several of the large universities, to create a new high-speed only internet running side-by-side with the current net. If they go commercial and implement anti-spamming measures then this would be an ideal solution. I would like to see the governments take the bull by the horns and outlaw Unsolicited Email.
- Save a tree, kill a spammer today.
NOTE: Question 22 is offensive, why wasn't Smith's bill asked about? It makes me think that this survey is being done to support S.771 instead of Smith's which is a much better bill.
- I don't even read the sale papers delivered by the US Postal Service to my mailbox, so I surely will not read UCE to my e-mail box.
- I don't support The Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail Choice Act of 1997 because it is too lenient. The proposal to ammend 47 USC 227 to prohibit the sending of UCE will be more effective -- if enforced.
- Spam fucking sucks. It is a form electronic trespassing and harassment.
- It is increasing rapidly, and will ruin the Internet within a couple of years. Must be stopped immediately. All Internet users pay for it.
- I'd like to know more about spam-fighting activities outside the US... what good will Congress and the FTC do Europe and the rest of the world?
- It is very fascinating. Anyone on the net by now knows about spam, and it affects all of us.
- To my answer to question 7, I'd like to add ", so I know where to
send my complaints."
To my answers to questions 9 and 10, I'd like to add ", but it
Clarification to my answer to question 17: It might stop repeated
spamming from individual companies, but I doubt it will work as
long as companies such as Cyber Promotions exist.
I think those who send UCE/Spam are the parasites of the
Internet. It's an abomination.
- Spam is not free speech. It's like breaking into my home and painting ads on the walls.
- unlike GREs, many of these shoulda had multiple answers. We've seen spammers cannot self-regulate, and that the internet as a whole is unable to control the mess, so it's time for legal action.
Spam via email is theft of services, and should therefore be outlawed.
As theft, it should be handled as criminal activities, and be subjected to criminla penalties.
Advertising to usenet in groups intended for business (advertising, marketing, etc)
is OK, because each ISP may choose, according to need & clients' choice, if it wishes
to carry those news groups (and pay for it), or not.
- Opt out lists do not work. Also why should I or my ISP spend money installing filters? When I call in long-distance to download my mail I should not have to pay to filter out spam.
The only solution is to ban unsolicited email, i.e. Chris Smith's bill.
- Support Netizens Protection Act of 1997 (HR 1748). Extends the already constitutionally challenged and upheld law prohibiting junk fax to apply to e-mail.
- UCE/UBE is stealing - plain and simple. usenet commercial ads should be ON TOPIC and limited to short announcements.
Your question - have you ever sent a UCE is rather silly. It includes emailing answers to news group~posts,~etc.~The~space~bar
- It's a painful problem without an easy solution. Any easy solution will most likely be wrong.
- S.771 would legitimize spam, so it's unacceptable. The Smith Bill (HR 1748) is the one to go with. I favor strong civil penalites for spammers and companies who use spam to advertise. Or boiling them in oil. Whichever is less of a burden on the courts.
- I hate spam with a passion, and operate an anti-spam web page.
- Spamming should be a capital offense!!
- Until there is a government penalty, such as the Smith Bill,
there will continue to be an exponential increase in spam/UCE.
Spam costs the recipient (time, money, etc.) and costs the ISPs;
there needs to be some penalties on the senders.
- It has been blown out of proportion by both sides.
- Question 22 should have been on the Smith Bill (HR 1748) which
presents real possibilities of effectiveness. The other proposed
legislation is too spam friendly, in effect it legitimizes the
"industry". UCE represents a major threat to legitimate Internet
- UCE should be treated the way unsolicited FAXes are. Period.
- Spam should be outlawed like junk faxes. Those who forge headers
should be jailed.
- The bill specified in this survey is silly--I want to see the
Smith bill pass! Usenet does not need any governmental protection from spam because it can be (and is) regulated much more effectivly via technological means (cancelbots, etc.)
- UCE is theft of resources. It is a violation of privacy. My email address is not an advertisement spot. I don't want to pay to get someones ad.
- I support the Smith Ammendment to the junk-fax law, which would allow me to police my own e-mail box. Usenet should be allowed to regulate itself, as it has been doing, without interference.
- Email spam should be controlled just like junk fax ads currently are in the U.S.A. Email spam is abusive and unacceptable behavior, for a great many reasons.
- I maintain a widely used set of Procmail-based spam filters which autocomplain about spam. Answer your question? :)
- The problem is getting worse. It needs to be addressed, and the only one who can IMO is government.
- If the government finds in favor of spammers in the near future, they should at least be punished for today's actions.
- I'd like to see them get their asses burned really well.
- I hate spam
- It sucks out loud.
- I half believe this to be a harvester. We'll see. In any case, SPAM of any kind, e-mail or Usenet, is theft and denial of service.
- If something is not done it will just about destroy email and usenet.
- I am militantly against spam. It costs me time and money, and
I should be the who decides how these are used, noone else.
- Unsolicited bulk email (not just commercial) is a form of theft,
and should be treated as such legally.
- I think spam is theft. It should be illegal. Civil penalties should apply to all property crimes.
- I HATE Spam. I don't want it in my box!!
See my post in n.a.n.a.e about questions 6 and 7
firstname.lastname@example.org (a filtered domain)
- Growing out of control at a rapid pace. It sickens and saddens me.
- Newsgroup spam has virtually ruined the medium for its intended
use in many cases. UCE is doing the same for email.
- Spammers are a festering boil on the buttocks of humanity. They, and Spam upstream providers like AGIS, should be IDP'd.
- UCE is theft. Pure and simple. Cost burdens of promotion
should be borne by advertisers, not the recipients. The only
people making money from spam are spamming companies duping gullible, unethical, lazy businesspeople.
- Absolutely detest it. I am a spam-fighter!!
- I support CAUCE, but from a cursory look at the "ASAP" proposal,
I would prefer ISPs work together, vs. Govt. regulation. I feel
I get an unusually high amount of spam for my avg. 1 post per
week to Usenet.
- Spamming has definitely curtailed my use of e-mail and newsgroups (I almost never post on newsgroups any more)
- i have no opinion at this time.
- Even though I said I would support a bill of congress, I do not think it will be effective, because the Internet is global. It is _not_ just American. Who are we, as Americans, to limit what people can post into public forums?
Unfortunately, I get WAY too much junk mail, and I cannot get off!
- I receive a lot of UCE and I find it very annoying. The
government needs to regulate it or it will continue this way if
- Spamming is less of a problem than unsolicited tele-marketing. I believe that telemarketers are more intrusive, and much more difficult to get rid of!
- It's stupid!
- People should not be so bent on preventing others from communicating. Others can approach you on the street and originate communication, so tolerate the spam and allocate 5-minutes per day to handle it.
- Fortunately, I have never received spam messages. I think they should promptly honor removal request.
- UCE is a terrific means for vendors to deliver information to potential customers. However, the recipients should be able to tell marketers to remove them from lists, much the way the DMA currently does.
- It could be a major problem for the net
- they suck and shouldn't be allowed on the net
- I think people should act responsible, they know what is right & wrong.
- It's a pain and the abuses should be eliminated, but the govt.
doesn't need to be involved.
- Its a problem and a waste of my time.
- I don't think it would be that much of a problem if they were labelled properly and limited to a certain # of these they can send per month.
- I think that unless you have asked for information or specifically identified yourself as wanting it, spammers should not contact you, whatever that takes. Companies also need to be responsible and NOT sell our information. We do business with them because we trust them; when they sell our information, they violate it.
- You forgot to add "Capital Punishment" to the list of penalties
- Scourge...it doesn't exist in any other form of media. Unlike with unsolicited regular mail and telephone advertising, spammers often use other companies' resources without permission, an act known as theft in most circles.
- A solution to the spam problem can be found through cooperation of users, ISP's, backbones, spammers, programmers, advertisers, and merchants. These people should make an attempt to develop a solution that will please *all* involved. The government should not become involved, doing so is a breach of my (as a citizen) civil liberties and privacy.
- I don't mind receiving unsolicited e-mail. However, I dislike
the hiding of e-mail addresses so that it is impossible to
remove yourself from the senders mailing list.
- Would like to have a means to avoid it.
- death penalty for the spammers!
- spam is a great food substance, but horrible on the internet!
- It is annoying but not as bad as telephone solicitors
- though I find spam occasionally annoying, being a Libertarian
by politics, I find that regulation of it is inherently more distasteful than the Spam itself. Delete it, filter it, ignore it. But keep the government and regulations out!
- I think spammers are the scrouge of the internet. I hate all spammers, they waste my time and fill my inbox with pointless junk.
- People and companies who spam should be tossed off the Internet.
- Spamming is probably here to stay...And it doesn't dother me...on AOL deletion of unwanted E-mail is simplistic and painless.
- ACTUALLY SO FAR I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE IN PEOPLE SENDING ME SPAM. IN REALITY I'VE ONLY RECEIVED ONE OR TWO BUT I'M SURE THAT'LL CHANGE SOON.
- It is annoying when Spam produces so much static to week through
on Newsgroups. Time for us to get with it before UNCLE steps in.
- I would like to rip out the hearts of all spammers. They are below me! They are a waste of bandwidth and my time.
- I HATE IT!!!!!
- I haven't found it to be much of a problem, so far...
- I hate it
- I hate them! The internet is not a Free advertising medium. If I want to see your ad I'll go to your webpage.
- Your question 22 is BIASED TOWARDS SPAMMERS. Murkowski's bill legitimizes spamming. It is WORSE than no legislation at all.
SUPPORT Rep. Chris Smith's bill HR 1748 which extends the junk fax law to cover spamming.
- spammiing is just another form of advertising, but they should regulate themselves. Send 1email to each person on their list, then send additional info only to those that reply asking for info.
- It is annoying, but the price I pay for access to everyone and everything.
- I really don't think it hurts anyone that much. If they don't want to read it all they have to do is delete. I think people complain to much and I don't think it is that important.
- I think all spammers should be tarred and feathered!
- I have mixed feelings on this issue, but, businesses (?) would not use it if it was not effective or gets results. The best way to stop unsolicited mail is if people would simply not respond.
- I think that ALL UCE/spam should be labled so I can filter it if I want to. Who forces this, and how should be considered by the Internet community as a whole.
- I throughly hate getting SPAM Advertisements that don't apply to me.
- I guess I don't get enough to really worrry me....knock on wood!!, and just remove it, or delete from subscriber list.
- It does not bother me that much. And sometimes it can be useful, i.e., products/services offered that I was not earlier familiar with.
- It is annoying but as long as they don't send a lot of mail it is all right with me.
- Have users set thresholds on what they will tolerate / what not and have industry monitor to ensure compliance.
- STOP THE SPAMMING NOW, IT IS A WASTE OF MY TIME
- Spam isn't as bothersome (offensive!) as adult/porn messages that show up in my mail all the time. I have never expressed any interest in anything related to sex sites- anywhere.
- There are too many spammers and too many ways they get email addresses. Regulation will be ineffective and costly to prosecute offenders. IMO, the government should leave the internet alone. Spammers should be ignored by everyone. If this was to happen spammers would have no reason to spam.
- i hardly get them...
- I HATE SPAM!!!
I really hate all the spam for get rich quickies which tell you that you can be "removed" by simply replying to the address with remove in the subject heading. HOWEVER, it NEVER works. I reply, place remove in the subject catagory, but my mail is ALWAYS sent back with user, address, or whatever unknown.
- Having recived spam in my mailbox from time to time, while it is rather annoying, I don't care *too* much about it (although I would like it to be stopped). The people who really have to worry about this unsolicited harassment are the people who have to pay for online time and e-mail, and I feel spamming should at least be curtailed for these people. Why should they have to pay for something they don't want to see in the first place?
- Every suposedly "harmless" regulation of free speech is another step on the road to tyranny. The best way to preserve freedom is to allow all speech, especially on the internet. Since we are not dependent on the internet yet, now is a good time for people to realize that on the internet anything goes. Spam may annoy you but the more speech that is allowed, the safer you and future people will be.
- The customer should be able to opt in or out and UCE/Broadcasts should respect the option.
- Freedom of Speech
- The issue is a hype. Governments current level of involvement just further shows that they a) don't have better things to do or b) don't want to deal with any real issues.
- I pay a considerable amount for my communications services, and resent others using them for their advertising purposes and wasting my time and rescourses in the process.If they want to PAY for my int'ne & phone service,they can do as they please. Till then,stop wasting my time!!
- don't really care, it only takes a second to delete it. i think it should say in the subject line that it's an advertisement, though.
- Spam is an invasion of privacy. Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
- I have not received enough to annoy me yet! and I am rather interested by the idea.
- While I don't normally favor any gov't intervention, the spammers have proven themselves to be completely unable to regulate themselves.
- Spam is like junk faxing, the recepient pays the bulk. Regulate it as such.
- It's an immense drain on resources all 'round and is not a valid
business tactic to boot - The Internet is the Golden Goose . . .
and Spammers are trying their damndest to wring its scrawny
- I'm quite surprised that you only mentioned one of the three bills currently before Congress which relate to this issue. By
ignoring the other two, your results are likely to be skewed.
- It has done more to degrade the useability of the Internet and increase costs on a global level than anything I have seen in my ten years of being online.
- iyt ect von nougan
- I have never really given it much thought!
- Spam is a form of the free enterprise system and should not be regulated. The user should be able to block unwanted mail at that level. Personally, I do not mind the mail, I very rarely read it. I usually just delete it. But, I want the choice to decide what should demand my attention. What one person might find very important I might find trivial, and, visa-versa.
- Spammers should be disconnected from the Internet, fined and
- I have just started getting UCE recently. I think my ISP should screen it out or ask me if I want them to. I would even pay a nominal fee for it.
- 95% of usenet spam is replies to huge multi-group threads, which should be taken to email and deleted from usenet servers. Spammers should be fined, and collections should go to raising net bandwitdth (ALL net bandwidth, not just university and other 'public service' thingies)
- Need to research possible solutions...don't believe in govt regulation...
- It's basically like junk snail mail. If you don't want it, just delete it.
- I think it is really annoying and time-consuming.
- SPAM is annoying. However, our gov.'s track record concerning regulation shows that it would likely be ineffective in handling it. Also, I am sure those of us using e-mail will pay for this.
- It doesn't hurt anyone.
- Don't let Uncle Sam get involved!
- it's annoying, but not that big a deal
- I hate it, it takes time to deal with and it's frustrating.
- UCE is no different than Fax Advertising and Cell Phone solicitation, and should be subject to the same regulations.
- Too many cows in the commons.
- Spam is in essence theft, chops their fingers off.
- Spam makes using the internet resources difficult, and not all of the spam out there is commercial in nature. Something needs to be doine to improve the signal to noise ratio on the net.
- I despise spammers with a passion
- Spam is bad, but government regulation is worse. The government cannot regulate the internet. Regulation needs to come internally, and strictly enforced.
- (Your question #20 is flawed against the "complete ban" answer)
SPAM should be banned like unsollicited commercial faxes are, and for the same reasons.
- One of the major issues facing the Internet today.
- Spammers are reenacting the tragedy of the commons. We have to
stop them from ruining the Internet.
- Spam is one of the more critical social problems currently facing
the Internet. Stopping spam will probably be the most important issue for Internet users in the next few years.
- It falls into the same category as faxing advertisements - the recipient has to pay the bill, which is already illegal.
- The issue needs to have a civil remedy - having it subject to large
government enforcement is just a mess. A small fee like with the fax law is ideal.
- They should leave inoccent people alone!!!!!
- I think it is HIGH time something is done about it
- no government intervention on any level even this one !!!
- Spamming contributes to the deterioration of the quality of the Internet.
- It is annoying across the board. It's as bad, no, worse than the regular junk mail "CRAP".
- Spam is essential to doing business on the Internet. Those not wanting to market on the Internet don't want anyone else able to market their services or wares either.
- Spam sucks. Advertisers have way too much power and control over what we think of ourselves and our society. They treat us like sheep being lead to the product slaughter house. Advertisers are now creating our society's culture and telling us what's "cool".
- I feel that UCE is being used to promote many speculative enterprises, that otherwise would
be illegal or heavily regulatted outside the domain of the internet. I am for regulation, but
unsure how to go about enforcing such activities without infringing upon certain aspects of freedom
that most users of this medium would like to see remain intact.
- it as never been an issue to me but other people may have a problem i.e people using the internet for business reasons.
- This is a test
- I think that sometimes this may be blown out of proportion
- a necessary evil, like advertising on television. I believe that if everything is labeled then you have the choice to filter it out with your email software.
- I think that sometimes this may be blown out of proportion
- Haven't received any - so no opinion now. Would not likeit as I don't like telephone solicitations.
- No big deal. I have a [delete] key....
Sometimes the info is welcome - if UCE is effectively targeted.
- I think your questions and possible answers show insight and indicate a possible fix for the situation
- I haven't had much of a problem with it, but I think it could become one. I think companies should not send unsolicited e-mails. Once something has been forwarded by someone other than the companie, though, the company should not be held accountable, since forwards can be edited.
- That it an issue that Internet users should address ie discuss before it becomes a major problem
- I don't really get it, but I think that people are making more a deal out of it than is nessecary. I mean, are we fining the people who send regular junk mail everyday? I think not.
- If I don't want to have it they should leave me alone. So my solution is to ping them and if 10.000 users do it they perhaps learn.
- Don't use it, don't care.
- I think that Spam should be eradicated. Let the people using it have a website where others can request desired info.
- In 17 years of using e-mail, I have only received 2 unsolicited messages. What is the problem?
- We can tackle it ourselves!!
- Limited control should be exercised through something like Intergov---I'm opposed to local or national (usually unenforcable) regulation.
- It is an issue that needs to be takin care of.
- It sucks and should be regulated, fined and distroyed.
- Spam is the most annoying problem on the internet. Fortunately I have killfiles in both my newsreader and e-mail program, so I can filter out much of it.
- It's a conflict between free speech and the right to be left alone. Tough issue which won't be solved soon.
- Spammers should be praised for their inovative use of the internet. Further, they should be provided advanced copies of the latest software in order to test it -- obviously they know much more about the 'net' than the average person so they would make good software testers. Also, spammers should be provided special, high volume internet connections so their task (spamming) does not take them so long. Finally, if they refuse to stop spamming, they should be asked to start a new internet-type system wher
spamming is welcome.
- Not too terrible a victim of this. Stay off of AOL and you won't have the problem as much.
- A central opt out list would be good idea if it worked, but
there maybe some kinds of advertisements you want to receive.
- I don't use it - I don't really have an opion
- The same situation exists with snail mail. You receive UCM and you throw it away. The same should happen with UCE. It's annoying...just delete it.
- The people who send it are annoying and rude. However, theyy still have rights. More government intervetion is far worse.
- as stated above...anything i have not solicited should be labeled as unsolicited or advertisement...
- True identity of Spammers is manditory. 800 number for the Spammer would be nice. Valid return E-mail address a must.
- It is an annoying practice, but I would resist ANY government intervention on ANY internet matter.
- Right now it's not a problem for me. I used to get a lot more UCE when I was on AOL. Now hardly any so it's manageable.
- It's becoming more and more of a problem, just on the traffic
alone on the 'net. Not sure if anything really can be done.
- The practice of hiding one's identity and hijacking third-party relays is completely unacceptable and should be regulated.
- I hate it, but the government shouldn't get involved!
- Please! No govt.intervention. Spamming is here to stay get over it.
- Everytime I look at my e-mail and I don't recoginze any of the addresses, I just SCREAM. We receive enough unsolicited stuff in our mailbox, which is free. We paid alot to purchase internet access and computer equipment. I resent anyone using it.
- I feel Spammers should have the right to advertise. However their mailings should be short, to the point, clearly labeled and should direct sendee to a web site for more info.
- It's not that big of a deal, if you don't want to read it, delete it. it takes 2 seconds to delte a message. we tolerate encridible amounts of TV-commercials. without choice. I think that is a bigger problem.
- I wish I could get off the list.
- I really do not care.
- I really don't understand "spamming " very well,Sorry.
- it's annoying, a bit time consuming, not an issue to bother much about. At least for now :)
- It is far better for them to send e-mails than wasting papers and trees! After all you can delete it if you don't want it.
- Spam is annonying and should be banned.
- I believe advertising should be limited to posting on bulletin boards. There should be no e-mail to any address unrelated to postings on the Bulletin Boards or in reply to the ads.
- Ever since the two bastard "Green Card Lawyers" opened the floodgates, Usenet and email hasn't been the same.
- Spamming is a natural consequence of free speech/free access. Each individual should determine how to deal with it, just as they do their regular "junk mail".
- it has not been a problem for me. I would actually enjoy a little spam if it were usefull.
- UCE/Spamming is annoying, buer certainly not a serious issue and definitely should not encourage any government involvement whatsoever. The government should have no part in any attempts to regulate the Internet. People need to be responsible for monitoring their own usage of the Internet and if an eMail bothers them, simply delete it.
- Not much. I just delete the messages I don't want. I tend not to read spam any way.
- Not completely sure since I don't receive very much. Using direct mail as a parallel, I wonder why you can affect legislation agains the electronic version, but not the other.
- Newsgroups have become all but useless because of the amount of crap. And even personal email is becoming a pain to filter each day. Something must be done!
- I think spam is annoying but maybe the price we pay for using the Internet. I just wish all these entrepreneurs would find a better way to find their customers -- and the porn stuff has got to stop.
- I hate getting UCE period.
- Spammers need to be held accountable. There is a time and a place for it. The opt in policy is the best. Opt out policies are more a pian that the consumer should have to deal with. In the USPS mail, some of this is plain illegal.
- It's just a fact of the net.
But no outside regulation should be used.
If you dont want it....filter it out.
- Although the gov. should stay out the best they can. Each user needs to keep from receiving it the best they can.
- the only thing that really annoys me is when I send a "remove"
message and it doesn't go thru because they used a fake email or something. I would like it if I could really be removed when I ask to be.
- Keep the worthless government out it. Yes it is a mess but it is part of life and will take care of itself.
- UCE has never been a problem for me. Most, if not all, commercial
nail that I get is the result of something that I have done or bought.
- I don't get enough advertisement emails for this to bother me. However, if it ever became a problem. I think I would just filter it out or delete it after skimming it like I would a regular "junk mail" I would receive via snail mail.
- To me it's virtually a non-issue. I receive so little that what
I do receive does not bother me. Usually I will look at it but
it's not on my machine very long. 99% of it is just garbage and
I delete it promptly.
- If used effectively in the spirit of the Internet, UCE can deliver opportunity. Senders of UCE must be prepared to offer something in exchange for the readers time and cost of downloading. For example, researchers soliciting study participants via newsgroups, discussion forums and direct mail should offer a free coop of the results to participants.
- I've never had any problem with it on my personal email account.
- It's very annoying to receive email from US companies (as they generally are) telling me about opportunities there - I a) don't care and b) don't use their currency and I find it annoying that they automatically assume a US readership - didn't they notice the .co.uk at the end of half their spams and pre-filter them to reach their target audience? Obviously not.
- I hate spam & look forward to the day when I don't have to deal with it anymore.
- Although Spam can be a nuisance, I don't feel it warrants governmet action. I beleive the ISPs can effectively control it.
- Spam is annoying but loss of freedom is more annoying. Getting the government involved sounds like a really awful idea.
- I hate it. It wastes too much of my time. Getting the government involved is not an effective solution. Our ISP providers need to provide the service of blocking out spammers otherwise customers will take their business elsewhere.
- What the heck, A man gotta do what a man gotta do.
- the net is a hand s off isue for the goverment . i dont want them in at all even though i dont like spam.
- i know someone at work who does it and have vocallized it a couple times about it not being a good idea. i absolutely cannot stand it. there is really no benefit, he just makes himself look bad when his name/emails have been entered into blacklists over and over and also makes our company look bad. I would never have replied to his spams.
- I think this is a very important issue and needs to be dealt with.
- Do you think spammers care about whether they annoy people? All they care about is making money.
- I receive a mailbox full of "junk" mail everyday. I don't understand why people get so fired up about "junk" e-mail. It's only that much easier and better to delete an e-mail than it is to throw out a piece of mass mailing.
- If you don't like them, then delete them or don't read them. You don't want to read E-Mail if you don't know from whence it came anyway. Virus prevention and all that.
- I think we should handle it on a local level first.
- Like any traditional business problem, we mustn't over-react and hurt legitimate businesses that politely & properly use the Internet as a communications/marketing tool (i.e. send UCE but only in a very limited & targetted way). The best response is for consumers to fight back with their money -- the only reason spammers use spam is because it works; if fewer people responded to spam, the spammers would have less reason to bother with it.
- Spammers should be shot and buried at once.
- I think it's one of the necessary evils of the internet.
- Hasn't really affected me that much...
- I believe that it is a completely uneccesary way of contacting potential custumers, who, after they have discovered who has sent the message, could quite possibly be turned off from ever doing business with that company again.
- Let it be.
- a little bit overhyped
- all the answers above say it all
- i don't believe the government should have any say-so in this matter. I dont condone spamming, but it can be annoying. Its just a fact of WWW, and people should get used to it!
- I think the user should be responsible for knowing where they give their email address to.
- freedom of speech it free space out there, it just needs to be labeled or identified when sent
- My internet provider (Mindspring) which you did not include, provides the option that I choose not to receive spam mail.
- never had the pleasure if i found it anoying i would ask mindspring yo block all spam
- Spam is a great inconvenience, but, like any type of advertising those trying to solicit your attention will find a way to do it no matter what precautions are taken. The answer is NOT government regulation.
- UCE could be an internet operational liability, because UCE could be used for diabolical motives. UCE could disrupt the internet data flow.
- this matter doesn't really concern me. i read all of the email i receive and if i do not wish to receive any more--i ask to be removed from the mailing lists.
- Spam is a serious annoyance and invasion. Something must be
done to legally punish those who abuse the internet.
- I think it's a bunch of losers getting all excited over something
totally harmless, if you, the reciever, doesn't like what you are
getting, deal with the problem in your own way.
- I do not wish to receive Spam email. The best of my efforts have limited success and end up occasionally resulting in me not being able to receive legit mail.
- We live in a FREE world. We need advertising just as much as
we need letters from home.
- Spamming is rude and socially irresponsible.
I never, ever purchase anything in response to spam.
- I'm not a big fan of government regulation, but this is a prime example of how an industry is incapable of adequately policing itself. As long as there is one rogue ISP who will harbor the spammers, everyone suffers; the Feds must crack down on this, and the US can put pressure on the rest of the world to do the same. Spammers cannot be adequately filtered - they hack e-mail headers and hijack innocent systems' relays - it must be stopped!
- It's not good and it's annoying
- UCE is bad!
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