# Email stamps....

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#### Neil

##### Well-Known Member
Well well well. Heres a CNN article that says that bill gates wants to add a postage stamp (about a penny per email) to Emails to prevent spammers from sending millions of spam email. Another option stated in the article is a simple math puzzle that you would have to complete before sending the email. This would (at least in theory) be another way to do it that would make it harder for spammers.

I thought this would make an interesting topic to discuss.

So how many Emails do you think you send, say, every week.

And how many do you think you would send if you had to pay a penny per?

And how many do you think you would send if you had to do a math problem for every email? (i can only have one topic in the actual poll, so I will just have the others in the post)

Personnaly I would send a whole lot fewer emails and a whole lot more PMs if there was a penney per email, but if it was a math problem (it says on the website it would take about 10 seconds to complete) for every email, I would proabably send the same amount, or maybe a little fewer, if I could use PMs to do the same thing.

What do you think of all this?

#### jflis

##### Well-Known Member
This idea has come up from time to time, but would never happen.

See, here in the US, the Post Office owns "mail" We have other shippers, but *only* the post office deals with "mail". They (and the other shippers) have contracts with the "mail" carriers on other countries.

With few exceptions (and *none* that I am aware of) every country has ONE entity who is responsible for "mail"

Not so with email. No one owns "email". No one owes the internet nor the web.

Who do you pay? I certianly ain't giving Gates any more money!

I may be living in NH but use a mail server in ontario. I want to send an email to my brother who lives in NY but uses an email server in Mexico. How/why do I pay anyone in the US when the mail went from canada to mexico??

And *that's* the easy part...

Frankly, if you want to help curb SPAM, they need to institute the No Call List for email. And, frankly, it should be an Opt-In and not an Opt-Out program (though that could never happen)

We have our mail box, email, FAX, phone, TV and news paper box. It is SO unreasonable to ask that just ONE of these be free from all marketing and political use??? (as you can see, this is a real pet peeve of mine)

Create an anti-email list (i'd even pay for the service to get my emails listed). If your name is on this list, you can't receive any email that solicits **any**thing, be it opinions, money, votes, whatever.

1st offense, small cash fine and a warning
2nd offense, large enough cash fine to bankrupt the business
3rd offense, prohibition from all computer technology
4th, life.

#### rstaff3

##### Oddroc-eteer
It seems to me that if someone starts charging/taxing any element of our on-line lives that it will snowball. Next they'd tax IM, connect time, whatever.

#### Neil

##### Well-Known Member
Life in prison... thats a little harsh. Howbout 10 years.... LOL.....

I agree, a no call (or email) list would be better..... Be nice if they had a "no TV add" list or at least a "no attack ad" or "No campaign ad" list. Though those last two tend to be the same thing...:kill:

I also agree that it would be hard to know who to pay.... I dont want to give Gates any more money, either! His fortune is the only green that will last for the 7th generation at the rate were goin...

Do you get a lot more junk mail when you own a buisness?

I have gotten Email ads to eliminate my credit card debt, transfer 12 million dollars into my account, and preside over some quacks father's funeral. :kill: Talk about strange....

#### WiK

We already pay enough for internet access. Why should we PAY to send emails?!? I thought one of the benefits of them was that they were free... And with the maths problem, you would have to get EVERY email provider to enforce this otherwise it wouldnt work. And that is *no* easy task.

Next theyll be charging 2p per word for a google search

Phil

#### WiK

Also Neil, you forgot "I would send NO emails" on your poll.

#### Neil

##### Well-Known Member
Hey hey.... I havent given my email anywhere other than TRF, TDD, EMRR, DR Rocket, and one or two of the rocket dealers. Overall I have gotten 4 or 5 spam emails, but they were very strange ones...

I KNEW I was forgetting something.... DOH! :kill: