Posted Dec 13, 2005 in Spam.
When I look in my inbox, almost half of what I see is spam of one form or another. When I view the statistics of various websites I run, most of what I see is referral spam. When looking at new and edited pages of wikis I am involved with, half of what I see is the work of spammers. Yesterday, my web host successfully fended-off a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack. It is so demoralizing.
The internet is a truly wonderful tool, but it could be so much better if we could eliminate the spam/porn/vandal/criminal element of it. Think of how much time, bandwidth, and money is wasted on these creatures that spoil our lives. Imagine how amazing it would be if we never received unsolicited emails, if nobody created false wiki entries to sell pharmaceuticals, if one in ten emails didn't carry a virus attachment, and if we could donate to an online charity without the fear that we were actually funding terrorists or something.
I know. It's a pipe dream. Perhaps I've been watching too much Star Trek.