Spam: Poison Pill

Written by Richard Lowe

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The script givesrepparttar page a name, usually randomly picked from a database or made up somehow, and fills it with a few dozen (atrepparttar 132816 most) email addresses. These email addresses are cleverly created to appear perfectly valid but actually are useless - they are just made up.

Links to other fake pages are created forrepparttar 132817 spam harvester to follow. Any robot (or human being, for that matter) that follow these links will find similar pages, full of desirable email addresses.

Depending uponrepparttar 132818 robot, it's possiblerepparttar 132819 spammer could gather tens of thousands of totally fake, unusable email addresses before his robot blows itself out ofrepparttar 132820 water. It's even better ifrepparttar 132821 robot survives, asrepparttar 132822 spammer now wastes his time sending messages to nonexistent email addresses.

Inrepparttar 132823 meantime,repparttar 132824 harvester has been lured away from valid pages which may or may not contain email addresses.

My site, Internet Tips and Secrets, uses one of these poison pills. It is called wpoison and it really works well. If you want to see it, look at this page.

If you want to get a copy for yourself, check outrepparttar 132825 wpoison page.

This is just another weapon inrepparttar 132826 war against spam.

Is it effective?

I know from personal experience that it does trap spam robots, and it does seem to lure them away from real, useful email addresses.

Is it ethical?

I believe so, as long as you are careful to includerepparttar 132827 meta tags to inform "good" robots to leaverepparttar 132828 pages alone as well as some text to let your visitors know what's going on.

It's not as satisfying as, and there is no where near that pleasant glow of success upon learning that some scum spammer has had his ISP cancel his account, butrepparttar 132829 poison pill is useful nonetheless. My advice is to include it in your arsenal along withrepparttar 132830 other weapons and tools at your disposal.

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"SPAM And The Art Of Marketing Maintenance..."

Written by Roger J. Burke

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With apologies to Robert Pirsig, I have slavishly copiedrepparttar style of his very famous book - "Zen andrepparttar 132814 Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" - intorepparttar 132815 title of this article. That, of course, is where any further comparison stops.

I do, however, have a good reason for concocting my title.

I recall that Mr Pirsig's book explored themes for an improvement in self (in particular) and society (by inference), and one of those themes was QUALITY. Applied to every aspect of our existence,repparttar 132816 quality of what we do can have a profound effect, from highly positive to lowly negative. Whatever we say and do, write and send, can have those effects, obviously.

So, maybe it's not so muchrepparttar 132817 quantity of SPAM that we all get that isrepparttar 132818 problem (although, there are limits, right!). Maybe, we should be concerned more withrepparttar 132819 quality - inrepparttar 132820 broadest sense - ofrepparttar 132821 message? In particular, I'm thinking of messages that are relevant, appropriate, targeted and - dare I say it - even helpful!

However,repparttar 132822 SPAM we all love to hate - shot-gun style, bulk commercial email, splattering all throughrepparttar 132823 system - would obviously rate very low inrepparttar 132824 quality stakes, for most people (although, just quietly, I understand there is a secret network of SPAMmers who simply delight in sending each other into lowly orbit every day?), but business-to-business email must surely have its proper place. And, that would include all businesses, of course, not just Blue Chip and Silicon Valley...

Which, very soon (if not already), will begin to troublerepparttar 132825 strident anti-spammers even more: as more and more people set up their own online e-businesses all overrepparttar 132826 world, there may come a time when there are more businesses online than there are mere consumers., there's a thought! ;-(o)

You are no doubt aware that many agencies - government and private - continue to grapple withrepparttar 132827 SPAM genie, but ultimately it is, I think, impossible to "get it back inrepparttar 132828 bottle".

In that regard, I have read a number of articles - and have even received an unsolicited email about "permission marketing"! I have responded to some but, try as I might, none have returned with an unequivocal, "dyed-in-the-wool", "shake-it-till-it-breaks" definition for permission marketing. I suspect it will be a while before I do.

But, I would be eternally grateful to anybody who can supply it!

Somebody once said, "Nothing happens until somebody sells something." Well...fatuous as that may sound, we are all trying to "sell" something to somebody. Right?

By all means protectrepparttar 132829 consumer to a reasonable and effective degree, with appropriate legislation and penalties. But, it would be shooting ourselves inrepparttar 132830 foot (or worse) to burden e-business with self-destructive restrictions and penalties.

Roger Burke has been involved with computers since 1967, and has managed to break quite a few, over the years. He, and his wife Sherry, are now actively engaged in online self-publishing and promoting specific affiliate programs at . If you have any comments or questions about this article, please send emails to . Copyright 2001, Online-Wealth. All rights reserved.

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