Monday, August 11, 2003


A Lockergnome Too Far...  

From the Top Branches

"If the world was a perfect place, e-mail publishing would still be a viable model for getting the word out. But marketers and morons (two groups that are far from mutually exclusive) have flooded the space with noise. So now, instead of spending our time on crafting quality content, we waste it with endless bickering. We now have to fight with ISPs, begging them to let our messages pass through without being filtered or flagged. We have to go out of our way to educate anti-spam solutions on our product to make sure we don't get blacklisted. We have to explain to our subscribers how someone between here and there is possibly blocking the transmission, possibly troubleshooting their software, trying to figure out if there's a utility that's keeping them from receiving the stuff they asked for. Ugh."

Well, this is why blogging and RSS were invented, as most of us geeks know. Now we come to a background question that may or may not have been thought of, but would come up eventually in our litigious society: Are the ISP's laying them selves open to a 'Freedom of Speech' lawsuit by blocking Chris's (and others, no doubt) NON-spam? I'd be interested from hearing about it from a real lawyer!
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