Spam-killing PGP5/ecash postage plugin...

Tim May tcmay at
Fri Aug 22 10:27:29 PDT 1997

At 12:01 AM -0700 8/22/97, Mike wrote:

>If it's $.02 to send a mail to 10000 cypherpunks, then spammers won't
>hesitate to send it. If it's $.02 * 10000 ($200) then only rich people
>(like tcmay) will post here. The only solution I see is moderation and
>censorship, and that can be (and has been) done without e-postage.
>Exactly how do you think that e-postage would decrease spam on mailing

Well, first of all, one of the reasons I now have money is that I was
frugal in my high-earning years. And that means not paying $200 to send my
words out to 10,000 readers.

"Spam" is a controversial topic. The term itself is too overloaded and
fraught with various meanings to be useful. Some refer to _anything_ they
don't want, or didn't specifically request, as "spam." And so on.

As for the claim that "The only solution I see is moderation and
censorship," Mike needs to go back an revisit the list's experiences with
moderation and censorship in the January-February period this year. It was
neither cheaper nor more effective.

--Tim May

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