Inside Craigslist's Increasingly Complicated Battle Against Spammers

Mike Masnick, TechDirt, May 26, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Running this story will set off filters everywhere, but I don't care (if you haven't whitelisted downes.ca yet then I assume you don't want to hear me talk about naughty subjects like spam). Anyhow, this story is about the losing battle Craigslist is fighting with spammers. I would like to see Craigslist win, of course. But the problem is bigger than that. Spam is an ongoing problem. The law doesn't stope it at all. Any push system (that is, any system that allows someone else to put content on your site) is vulnerable. The best response is top distribute, so each person is responsible for his or her own site, and pulls content from trusted sources and service. But this distributes the internet in a way that is uncomfortable for site-based online services. And so the battle continues.
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