My personal opinion
WHAT IS THE BUSINESS MODEL OF THE SPAMMERS ?
I just would like to know how many people respond to spam email offering Viagra.
I would NEVER do business with somebody that sent me spam (or that wrote to me "this works, make mony quick, ...").
White list (receive email only from
thrusted senders you have already approved) do no not
work, because they will prevent you from receiving email
from people you don't already know, that is one of the
main uses of eMail.
Black list (preventing specific senders
from sending you email) clearly does not work, because
spammers change the senders address every time, and forge
Filters (stopping email with specific
words in the subject or message text) do not work,
because spammers forge headers and use various T*r-i_k~s
to evade filters
Opt out is absurd, since 99% of the time
I get junk mail I have NEVER signed up with any partner.
Most of the opt out links at the bottom of spam mail, do
not work, and they are instead used to verify your email
and spam you even more.
If any user did sign up for spam mail
(that is almost impossible) the sender must be able to
prove this with the record of the signup (but this can be
forged too so, it is not a good way to ensure validity)
A REGULATION IS REQUIRED, so that junk
mailers can be stopped and prosecuted.
PUNISHING SPAMMERS IS NOT HARD IF WE REALLY WANT TO.
The only thing all the spammers really want from us is money.
In order to be able to receive money they give DETAILED instruction on the email or on the link they advertise
on how to send them money (or subscribe to whatever, ...).
I am sure that EACH one of them can be tracked down in this way, this is where we should start fighting spam.
A law office should be estabilished and
funded by government and comunity to prosecute ALL
spammers, after verification of spamming activity. A
registry should be set up for spam messages, every user
can contribute sending spam messages it receive to the
office. The office should identify the senders of the
spam messages and prosecute the senders (as persons and
not business) based on the number of junk messages sent.
Spammers must send email with a valid
reply address, so that they can be identified. And should
keep record of the alleged subscription to the very
service they are offering by ALL the email address they
send to. Not complying with this should make the penalty
for spammers much worse. (Every message sent can always
be traced back to the sender with the proper tools)