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What not to do about spam

There is one cardinal rule to remember when dealing with spammers and rogue sites: we must hold the high moral ground.

Therefore, when dealing with a spammer or a rogue site, don't:

  • Threaten violence or vandalism;
  • Mailbomb the site;
  • Mailbomb the alleged spammer, who may be an innocent third party such as myself;
  • Ping-storm or SYN-flood the site;
  • Hack into the site;
  • Try in any way to bring the site down illegally.
And above all else, don't use spam to fight spam. This also applies in Usenet - don't follow up to spam postings, lest your posting also become spam.

Scott Hazen Mueller / E-mail me