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  • I only thought of this a few days after the show (which I didn't hear, BTW).

    The main reason we get spam, is because sending e-mail is free. If everybody charged a little bit of money of money for each e-mail received, say 1 cent (be it dollar, Euro or Pound) per recipient, then spamming would cease, simply because the costs would be far more greater than the generated income.

    This shouldn't be real money, in most cases. ISP's could allow a certain maximum of mails per month per user. Exchange of mails between two hosts, when reasonably balanced, would effectively be free of charge. Only for those people sending millions of mails a day, this would impose a real cost, up to millions a week. Ergo: they'd stop, almost immediately. If they don't pay, their mail simply gets blocked.

    I can still see this work even if the price is several orders of magnitude lower.

    The real unsolvable problem I see is for mailing lists. Those would be in trouble.

    Just a thought, really.