10.0897 junk mail & privacy

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 23:36:16 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 897.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Marc Fonda <mfonda@magmacom.com> (29)
Subject: Re: 10.0884 junk mail? COCOA samples?

[2] From: Tom Horton <tom@cse.fau.edu> (24)
Subject: Re: Junk Mail (AKA "spam")

[3] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (29)
Subject: junk mail

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 00:52:42 -0400
From: Marc Fonda <mfonda@magmacom.com>
Subject: Re: 10.0884 junk mail? COCOA samples?

There might be an easier way. I suspect that many of the lists being
generated for junk-email come as a result of visiting web sites. If you go
to http://www.anonymizer.com/ you'll get a very brief outline of the problem
if Web server's reading your email address (plus links to more information).
You'll also find a simple solution to surfing on the Web sithout being added
to a mailing list by some program. Experiment with it, I found a bug that
makes it impossible to use your bookmarks while attempting to surf
anonymously - you have to use direct links. Also it does slow the process of
surfing a touch.

marc fonda

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 09:36:39 -0400 (EDT)
From: Tom Horton <tom@cse.fau.edu>
Subject: Re: Junk Mail (AKA "spam")

Geoffrey Rockwell writes:

>I have been recieving an alarming amount of junk mail recently...

I'm sure many who are infuriated by "spam" (unsolicited email junk-mail) on
the Internet will respond to Geoffrey with a "you're not alone" comment!

It so happens that a Web-based "magazine" that I choose to subscribe has a
good article on spam with links to other pages and reresources, including
ways to avoid spam. The URL is:

Have a look. And for those of you who haven't started using mail filtering
(as found in Microsoft Outlook, elm, Eudora, and probably others), I can
say I'm much happier dealing with volumes email since I started doing that
two months ago! (It won't cure all your spam problems, though.)


P.S. I like this on-line "magazine", Anchordesk, for keeping up with the
latest in personal computing, the Net, industry news, etc. It may be too
USA-oriented for all Humanists, but it's a compilation of news and features
from the various 20 or so magazines published by Zipf-Davis (which are very
successful in the US). Once a day I get an e-mail message with summaries
of that day's "articles", and if it interests me I look at them on the Web.
Check out http://www.anchordesk.com if you're interested.

Dr. Thomas B. Horton, Associate Professor
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL 33431 USA Phone: 561/367-2674 FAX: 561/367-2800
Internet: tom@cse.fau.edu WWW: http://www.cse.fau.edu/~tom

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 23:34:31 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: junk mail

Dear Colleagues:

Junk mail, let me tell you about junk mail. No, I won't -- except to
recall that it was very important in the early days of Humanist, as huge
piles of automatically generated junk provoked me into moderating the
list, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The topic of junk mail brings me to an editorial decision, to which I have
been forced by a species of it. The kind I'm talking about are the notices
of conferences only peripherally in our area. These are sent to Humanist at
its old Brown University address by people who ignore requests to stop.
These conference announcements come to me with very large headers detailing
the fact that they have bounced around before getting here. I cannot tell
whether I want to publish the notices until I have deleted, manually, a
large portion of the headers. Then what I usually find are large lists of
everyone involved, descriptions of hotel accommodations, parking facilities,
airport buses, conference T-shirts and mugs, and crudely done-up forms to be
filled in and send off with a cheque. All concerning conference in exotic
locations that I would dearly like to visit but cannot afford the expense,
even if I were interested in the subject, which often I am not. I am
frequently certain that 99% of the membership will not be interested either.

So, my decision is that I delete these without notice to anyone. If I could
do the equivalent of inserting several sheets of lead before popping them
into the post with RETURN TO SENDER scrawled across the envelope, I fear I
would. But it would have to be an automatic revenge, because I'm not
inclined to take the time to pull a prank like that.



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