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My Inbox. The final frontier.
There is no perfect solution for spam, yet. That is the simple truth. You can bang your head against that simple truth as much as you want. It will not stop it from being true.
SpamAssassin is nice and has done its duty for me for over a year. Message filtering with Mail.app/Mozilla/Thunderbird has helped me out a bit as well. Thank you.
But, the time has come to implement what some others claim may be the most drastic measure short of cutting myself off from the internet itself. You must now be a real person to contact me and you must ‘hit reply’ when I check to see that you are.
What’s that, you ask. I installed Active Spam Killer.
Yup. I did it. When you email me henceforth, if you’re not already on my ‘whitelist’ of real people, you’ll get an email response back from my mail server asking you to reply to a short msg so it can confirm you are a real person who actually wants to email me. You do that once and you never have to do it again.
Drastic isn’t it? The internet is supposed to be open and free. Well that’s ok for the internet, but not for my inbox.
I have work to do! I have people with whom I have to and want to communicate with. I don’t want to waste anymore time with message filters, tweaking spamassassin day and night (not that I’d bother), losing the odd good email among the spam, deleting spam that gets through the filters, etc etc etc.
The world is an imperfect place and so is my inbox. Until now.
This morning, after 10 hours of having ASK installed I had one email in my inbox*. One!!!!!!
Let that sink in.
Did someone email me and get cheesed off that I asked them to confirm they’re real? Probably. If they can’t be bothered to do that once I really don’t care if I ever hear from them. Did someone try to spam me and a confirmation email went out into the ether to an email address that doesn’t exist? You bettcha!
What’s the downside to this? There is one, but I can live with it to offset not getting spammed to death. It puts a bit of an onus back on the legit emailer to prove they’re real.
That does suck a bit, but really… who doesn’t understand that you’re trying to take back your inbox from the scumbag viagra/penis-enlargement/pr0n/mortgage/Nigerian princes of the internet? Idealistic blunderheads and the above mentioned spammers.
So ends today’s sermon from the mount.
*Be careful setting up ASK if you do so. There are a lot of folks who you talk to now that you don’t want ASK to ping. Or maybe you do???