The Ranger’s spam rant

Matthew Chatfield

Spam! The curse of the internet. In February 2006 the Ranger posted an analysis of his spam showing some 1000 spam emails per day, and bemoaning the situation. Well, it’s no great surprise but the amount of spam received has more or less doubled. Check it out:

Spam graph

Spam received at Naturenet in late 2006

From hovering around the 1000/day mark, after 10 months spam is now heading clearly towards 2000, and what’s worse, there’s an upward trend. It’s a constant annoyance that Naturenet is obliged to actually pay a very good filtering service just to avoid this rising tide of filth – and most of it, sadly, deserves no better description. Remember the fun we used to have in Usenet only 10 years ago, before spam simply swallowed it up? No? You probably don’t because the internet moves so fast. Email has proven a great deal more tenacious than usenet. Predictions of its demise from overspamming are common, but unfounded. But at heart, email was the first, and is still the most personal and best part of the internet. Instant messages and web interfaces come and go, but email endures. The Ranger will continue to report his spam levels from time to time. but don’t expect any good news just yet.

Matthew Chatfield

Uncooperative crusty. Unofficial Isle of Wight cultural ambassador. Conservation, countryside and the environment, with extra stuff about spiders.

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