I’m starting this thread in GD because I’d really like to see some discussion on practical solutions, rather than a bunch more spam complaints.
The state of Minnesota just passed a law requiring email advertisers to include the letters ADV in the subject line of emails, and pornographic spam to include ADV-ADULT in the subject line.
The chief author of the bill admits that it won’t reduce the amount of spam, but should make it easy for the recipients to recognize and delete without reading.
Personally, I don’t see this as enforcable at all, but I have no idea how the problem should be addressed.
I’d hate to see further governmental regulation. We would get more people involved who don’t really understand the technology passing laws. Remember the urban legend about a 5 cent tax on every email sent? It wouldn’t be too hard to convince some politicians that this would be a viable solution.
Do we simply wait until email servers start collapsing from the weight of spam? Or, are spammers going to have to start policing themselves?
Or, do the fine people of the SDMB have some workable ideas?