Jam the spammers
Posted by aogMonday, 15 September 2003 at 09:07 TrackBack Ping URL

I have a meme that I’d like to spread. Everyone should sign up for free e-mail accounts at Hotmail and other similar services, then put the addresses on the front of their websites. There’s no need to actually read the mail on the account, just get it out on the web. Some spam address trawler will pick it up soon enough and get it on the spam lists. This will serve two purposes:

  1. Injecting noise in the system. Every address that’s valid but unread will make the value of mailing lists less. Every little bit helps.
  2. Encouraging the big players to make more anti-spam efforts. Every spam-trap account adds to the burden of the provider without any benefit and makes every reduction in spam traffic more valuable.

If you don’t to confuse readers, you can just plot the address in the same color as the background - the trawlers will still see it but humans won’t. It’s time for a little grass roots cyber monkey wrenching.