Feedback: Spam survey hard to believe
Tuesday 02 June 1998
Sorry, but this is simply nonsense. I suspect that the respondents thought they were being asked how long they spent dealing with e-mails in general. Spam is much easier and quicker to deal with than snail junk-mail - one press of the Delete key and it is gone. Most of it can be recognised from the title alone; the rest can be deleted after a glance at the contents.
There is a lot of rubbish written about spam on the Net, most of it by people who need a windmill to tilt at or a cause to fight. The only people who are really inconvenienced by spam are the ISPs, who find themselves inadvertent hosts, and they are becoming very good at dealing with it.
As for the rest of us, we should relax and ignore it. I visit many Usenet groups and all sorts of Web sites without feeling the need to disguise my e-mail address; deleting the occasional invitation to make money for nothing is not much of a price to pay.
Correspondence should be e-mailed to email@example.com or posted to Feedback, Network+, The Independent, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 3 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 4 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 5 New route to Mars could make manned mission much cheaper and easier
Christmas Day TV guide 2014: What to watch from Strictly Come Dancing to the story of Frozen
Cruel Woman in Black prank sees cinema-goers terrified by movie poster - watch their reactions
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food