Proposed .mail solution for spam
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- Subject: Proposed .mail solution for spam
- From: dennis@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2004 08:59:44 -0700 (PDT)
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To whom it may concern,
I have just finished reading an article about the proposed .mail domain,
and how only legitimate .com, .org. and .net domains may apply for use of
the .mail domain for *mail verification*, so to speak.
While your intentions are good, your approach, frankly, sucks.
My wife and I have our own e-mail addresses, and we keep a family website.
(This e-mail is coming from our e-mail account). Our family website is
badurina.net, and all of our mail comes in and out of our domain. We also
run a small (very, very, very small) business from home, where my wife
works as a consultant, so we set up a domain for her sole proprietorship
company, so that she has a professional-looking .com mail address.
After expenses and such, her yearly profit is roughly $5,000 a year. How
can a small business person, struggling to get a company off the ground,
actually afford the *two thousand* dollar fee for this proposed .mail
domain to be used to help verify legitimate *non-spamming* addresses?
Your proposal, without a doubt, is like using a 12 gauge shotgun to kill
the fly thats been buzzing around your living room all evening. Stop and
think about it...if this proposal actually takes root, only the large
corporations like Microsoft, General Electric, eBay, and even ICCANN will
be the only people who will be able to afford this. Once all the e-mail
clients (Outlook, Lotus Notes, Eudora, et al) are programmed to
automatically *filter out* the non-.mail stuff, or the mail servers around
the globe filter it out, the small folks like me will not be able to use
e-mail to contact clients, family, or anyone else, because the $2000
digital domain *signature* is beyond the reach of our wallets. This will
force everyone to use *standard* mail providers (hotmail, Yahoo, etc.,
etc., etc....) thus doing nothing but lining the pockets of these
providers who will have impetus to charge a premium for *secure* e-mail.
Also, once these large conglomerates start offering this *premium* e-mail
service (and you know that they will, because they will see the cash value
in doing so) what makes you think that when Hotmail.com becomes
Hotmail.com.mail, that spammers won't just pay the $20 premium for the
*secure* hotmail address, pass that cost along to the companies that they
are doing the spamming *for*, and now use the so-called *secure and
verifiable* e-mail for spamming?
You want to stop spamming? I mean, really *stop* spamming dead in its
tracks? The solution is simple...
Get all the countries who are complaining about spam to come together, and
institute laws that give the countries who sign on the power to shut down
companies who's products are being offered through spam. Thats all that
need to be done, because if you take away the financial impetus to use
Internet e-mail (which is far cheaper than using the Postal Service), and
hit the companies like Phizer for each e-mail that gets sent out
advertising Viagra, you'll see a very quick end to the spam problem.
Your proposed .mail solution will create a virtual upper-class of elite
society who can afford the cost of secure mail, who will then exploit it.
Please re-think your strategy.
Dennis J. Badurina