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  • ... because there are perfectly legitimate reasons to want to send mail anonymously or from a throw-away account. For example, I might want to send mail to a corporation criticising their customer service, but not want them to have my real address anywhere on file. Or I might want to ask a question about my embarrassing disease on a mailing list. Or a question about an area I'm meant to be an expert in, and I'm afraid my employer might fire me if they find my post in the list archives.

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    • This won't break mailing lists either, because all legitimate mailing lists are opt-in. So the user knows to expect bulk email (SOLICITED bulk email) from that source, and can exempt it from having to do the Hard Sums.
      And if I fake being the mailing list sender?

      I don't know what the answer is (I'm not sure if there is "an answer" or even a set of services which together might be "the answer") to fixing email, but for a Hard Sum to work, those machines/addresses which are exempted need to be authenticated in some way.

      So maybe we combine some methods. We require personal users of email to do Hard Math, and we authenticate large users of email. So the PumpKing would likely want to go the authentication route, but an anonymous emailer could do Hard Math.

      Combine these with some other methods of communication (journals, wikis, RSS feeds, IM, IRC) and there might actually be a chance of a high Signal to Noise ratio in the future. Or maybe I'm just fooling myself.

      • Not sure how you'd authenticate listservs - by ensuring that the sender is one of a known set of IPs, perhaps.

        I don't have a problem with authentication if there is an anonymous alternative which is at least as widely available. However, getting Hard Sums widely implemented strikes me as being easier than getting a world-wide trust relationship and authentication scheme working. For one reason why that's such a difficult problem, look at who is one of the supposedly trustworthy CAs for SSL certificates.