Spam! Whats the Real Problem
Most people now know the official definition of spam - Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE for short).
That definition does several things we should look at.
Even though all the above things may be true, there are several more things about spam that seem far more annoying.
- First: Spam doesn't have to be commercial to be a nuisance.
- Second: Unsolicited commercialism is so widespread that you can't avoid it by just changing websites.
- Third: A lot of people give out their email address one day and don't understand why they get email the next day from that website.
Also what if Bill Gates decided to give $10,000 to the next 20 people who opened an email from him. That would be unsolicited, but who would care. (what if your spam filter tossed it out).
On the other hand there are people who will claim to be giving away money when they only want your bank account #. Don't give it to them.
Think about it, only offers of genuine value and truthful claims come to your inbox. Then we'd all have to make choices that (whichever choice you made) moved us forward.
Of course, there are a few things we should do to protect ourselves from problems.
There probably isn't an absolute solution to spam. What is spam to one person is a god send to the next. Perhaps a national preference list would be better than a no-send list.
The one thing that will never change is human nature. If there is a real solution to spam it's probably learning to deal with it defensively. It's more than a little bit like driving a car. You can't really control the other drivers you must do what you can and that means operating your vehicle (whether it be a car, website, or business) in a safe, responsible manner.
Copyright 2004 Dean Walden
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