Paying if you spam (February 6, 2006)

Interesting, anonymous sender payment is starting to show up in email. This is the most plausible way to deal with spam I have heard of. The general idea is, you set your spam filter to be very suspicious of senders you have never heard of, possibly going to the extreme of not allowing unknown mail at all. Senders who do not make it through the spam filter can then pay a few pennies to send you email. The idea is that instead of stopping spam through direct force, you make it costly. People can still send you email you do not want, but they have to pay you.

There are plenty of clean ups possible once this basic framework is in place. For example:

Lex Spoon