Overdone spam protection

Feb 5, 2005 16:03 · 119 words · 1 minute read

I got email from someone who uses Earthlink as his ISP. Challenge/response spam blocking systems have existed for a while and are probably the most effective. However, Earthlink’s system is a bit overboard. Rather than just clicking a link or responding to a challenge email, they require you to actually fill out a form requesting permission to email the user. C’mon… I’m not going to bother filling out a form to email someone. That’s loony. If it was as simple as confirming a mailing list subscription, I’d be fine, but Earthlink went a little overboard. They even have a CAPTCHA on their form!

Anyhow, in answer to Will’s question: Weird Al does not take outsiders lyrics. Check the FAQ.