The two most annoying things are that 1) spammers will
never make the software smart enough to avoid the annoyance
factor, even on people who've registered interest, and 2)
the inability to permanently opt out is always difficult
because of faked headers and sleazy marketers who opt
you out of one list but sell your email to a dozen outhers.
My old email was listed on a water polo page and somehow
I started getting spam for 'water sports' sexual content
web sites. I was on a panel for Tools99 last summer
and I got a really good reaction from the audience (made
up of both agent researchers and workflow researchers)
from these slides that I wrote in the parking lot 10 minutes
before the panel. 
Congressional spam bill due today
By Paul Festa
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
October 19, 1999, 6:50 a.m. PT
update The U.S. House of Representatives today will begin consideration of a
bill that would create a nationwide list of people who do not want to receive junk
email, known in Internet parlance as "spam."
The Unsolicited Electronic Mail Act of 1999, written and cosponsored by Rep.
Heather Wilson (R-New Mexico), would have the Federal Communications
Commission create and maintain the list and would penalize those who send
unsolicited messages to email account holders who have added their names to
Under this so-called opt-out system, spam recipients who have been on the list
for 30 days could sue for $500 per piece of spam sent to them. Defendants
found by a court to have "willingly or knowingly" violated an FCC order to stop
sending spam could be fined three times that amount.
-- Greg Bolcer email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.endtech.com work: 714.505.4970 cell: 714.928.5476 fax: 603.994.0516