Pay for e-mail? Gates says Yes

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    I smell another Bill Gates money maker. Those that have always want more. Just another tax increase idea from the PC crowd, hidden as a fee. I say a big Nooooooooo!
     
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    So what about web sites that answer questions and feedback, like mine? So a user can send an email free (assumed) through an online feedback form, but it would cost me money/extra time computing a puzzle to answer them? I'd take down my contact form if that happened.
     
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    I think it's a GREAT idea to fight spam. I like the idea of letting the user decided the cost of someone sending them a email. For friends and family it would be .01 cents, but the price would be set much higher for all those people(compaines) sending male inhancement emails.:)

    Of course there is still much work to be done, should missing children emails be charged....NO. I'm sure they'll work out something. But this is a start.
     
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    Horrible.

    I have an idea.

    1) Take something as prolific as email and begin charging for it.
    2) Hide your moneygrubbing intentions behind 'security'
    3) PROFIT!!!

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! No.
     
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    Bill, why don't you do everybody a favor and just go away? You have enough friggin' money. Just friggin' go away. Everyone abhors Microsofts "business" techniques. Everyone tolerates you. No one likes you. So just go the f*ck away.
     
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    Exactly. Anything to stop Spam.

    Good idea that could be turned into an even better one.
     
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    On today, the 10th birthday of spam (I got a copy dammit!) I came up with the solution. I need to work out some kinks but I know how to do it. :)
     
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    A lot of people bit*h and whine about spam, but when a good solution comes up, all they can do is criticize Billy Gates. Tisk Tisk Tisk.
     
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    How about a system in which you could be reimbursed at the discretion of the recipient. Also a handy way to tell the forwarders that they're just wasting money.

    P.S. Seeing Bill's name attached immediately arouses suspicion, but if something can be pulled off without ms having any influence in the process, I wouldn't mind. But if ms is in charge then we're all in trouble.
     
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    so what's next.....different rate eMails

    - next day eMails

    - 2 day priority eMails

    - 4-7 business day eMails

    Trust me, if the government can't tax eMail, they'll try to outlaw it. If the government can't tax it, it's illegal. Gambling and Booze was illegal until the government found a way to make it legal and tax it. That's my rant. :D


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    Sigh... The problem is good 'ol Billy is painting everyone with the same brush. He doesn't give a rats -@$$ about one cent an email because by the time it takes him to write one email he makes $10,000 in interest! How about charging people ten cents an email for each email over 100 that day and/or limit hotmail and yahoo 'free' mail accounts to 25 emails a day. That would really put a hurt on the spamers. Blanket policies aren't good ideas automatically, they usually are just lazy patch work solutions.
     
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    I dont think that a man who gave his net worth to charity is worried about making money. The plan hasn't been set in stone on how much and how to charge people, heck it hasn't even been accepted, it's just a idea put out there by Gates to get the wheels rolling aganist spam.
     
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    This is not a solution. It's so riddled with flaws and holes that it could only have been suggested by the Windows corporation. The man is finding it harder to keep up in the world which he helped create.

    Leave it to Bulmer, he'll see us right! :D
     
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    I'm for stopping SPAM, but i'm wondering why i dont get any. I've only received 2 spam emails in about a year and a half. I think people need to be more careful with giving out their email addy. I have 5 email accounts, 1 i used for my friends/family/work, all the others are for those sites that want a email addy before you can join and things like that. If
     
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    It may start at .01 cents, but just like taxes it will continue to rise. They will find this and that to use the money. Increase it by making everyone feel guilty for not wanting to pay more.
     
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    I think they should write in some law that would prohibit the increase. But i'm sure they won't.
    Anyone know of a way that they think will stop spam.
     
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    Older thread

    Thanks for the thread. I searched for this topic... not sure why this one did not come up. CNN just posted this today, so I guess Bill's thoughts are old hat.
     
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    I have been using junk addresses for the last 7-8 years for sites that have a possibility of generating spam. My first junk address I stopped using maybe 6 years ago due to a change of domain. Now I never used this address for stuff that was really likely to generate spam ie porn or giveaways but it was used for blizzard,bungie,game fan sites etc. About 6 months after I stopped using it i got my first spam... Wow spam... ahh if I only knew what was to come. For the next 3 years I was pretty good about clicking the little I dont want spam links and entering the email address every time I got spam. So by 3 years ago I was up to 1 spam a day and getting a little sick of it. At that stage i told Entourage to just trash everything sent to that address except for a couple of known sites.

    Jump forward to a year ago and i started using mail and its junk mail feature. I was quite suprised to find that in the intervening 2 years the spam to that address had risen 5 emails a day. This for an address that hasnt been used once for 6 years beyond using it for dont send spam to this email address pages.

    In the meantime my personal address which has been in used for 10+? years for real people still gets no spam.
     
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    This is so incredibly stupid. If eMail began to cost money, I would not use it. The whole point of eMail is that it is quick, efficient, and free. Just watch where you give your eMail address out, and you will not get any spam. I haven't gotten any spam, even in my junk mail folder(nothing in it was ever spam) in over half a year, and I have a Hotmail account.
     
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    :mad: :mad: A BIG FAT NO!!! :mad: :mad:

    Yes, it would hurt spammers, but for people like me who send out close to 100 emails per day just for eBay, it would be really bad news. The puzzle idea is bad too, as that would make a normal hour's worth of emailing turn into 2 or 3 hours. Yuck.

    And even if this tax was imposed, people would just move to IMing with AIM, MSN, etc. or create a new communication method.
     
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    Let me guess, we send our pennies to Microsoft, right?
     
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