Building the "World's Largest Portal" with XML

Ketil Z Malde ketil at
Fri Jun 18 09:43:51 BST 1999

Tyler Baker <tyler at> writes:

> Yes spam is annoying, but if you let it get you as upset as you appear

Spam coming from an otherwise serious source makes it difficult to
filter out.  I happen to want to discuss - or at least listen in on -
xml stuff.  If the xml-dev list condones spam, it gets very hard to
build a decent filter against it, and reasonable discussion gets
drowned in the noise.

> In a free and open marketplace, internet spam, junk mail, annoying
> commercials on TV, etc. are just a consequence of freedom.

Yeah, sure.  Like your college room mate playing loud music all night
before your big exam, or sleazy phone calls in the middle of the
night.  Like farting at the dinner table, spam is a total lack of
courtesy and respect for the recipients.

I'm going to excercise *my* freedom of speech by reacting to spam by
forwarding copies of the message to the people responsible for the
domain (listed in the "whois" database), and the people responsible
for that domain's net access, and the people responsible for any URL
or similar reference that happens to be in the message, plus any
postmasters along the Received: way.  At least.

Sorry about the rant, now don't yank my chain again!

If I haven't seen further, it is by standing in the footprints of giants

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