This is freakin' stupid.
First of all, I never respond to anti-spam e-mail "challenges" whether they are from TMDA, SpamArrest, or anyone else. Ever. On my personal e-mail account, I have a procmail rule that ensures I almost never see them (unless they're heavily customized and my rule misses, of course).
A reader (of the book) just e-mailed me (at my work address for some reason) to ask a question. I spent the time to answer his question only to be rewarded with a message (via his TMDA install) that he's not going to read my message unless I jump through another fucking hoop.
You know why?
HE CONTACTED ME FIRST!
If these systems are so brain-dead as to not bother adding my address to the whitelist when the user sends me e-mail, I have serious trouble understanding why anyone is using them.
Is it just me? Is this too hard to figure out?
Anyway, there's another 5 minutes I'll never get back. It's too bad there's no mail header to warn me that "this message is from a TDMA user", because then I'd be able to procmail 'em right to /dev/null where they belong.
This bullshit is not going to "solve" the spam problem, people. If that's your solution, please let me opt out. Forever.
Posted by jzawodn at April 27, 2004 02:40 PM