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aleyan 483 days ago | link | parent

Takes about 30 seconds to do in sublime text but I think the horizontal scrolling makes it worse.

Your post advocates a

    ( ) technical 
    ( ) legislative 
    (x) market-based 
    ( ) vigilante
approach to fighting spam. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work.

    ( ) Spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses 
    ( ) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected 
    (x) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money 
    ( ) It is defenseless against brute force attacks 
    ( ) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it 
    (x) Users of email will not put up with it 
    ( ) Microsoft will not put up with it 
    ( ) The police will not put up with it 
    ( ) Requires too much cooperation from spammers 
    (x) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once 
    (x) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers 
    ( ) Spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists 
    ( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business
Specifically, your plan fails to account for

    ( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it 
    (x) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email 
    ( ) Open relays in foreign countries 
    ( ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses 
    ( ) Asshats 
    ( ) Jurisdictional problems 
    (x) Unpopularity of weird new taxes 
    (x) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money 
    ( ) Huge existing software investment in SMTP 
    ( ) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack 
    ( ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email 
    ( ) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes 
    ( ) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches 
    ( ) Extreme profitability of spam 
    ( ) Joe jobs and/or identity theft 
    ( ) Technically illiterate politicians 
    ( ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers 
    ( ) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves 
    ( ) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering 
    ( ) Outlook
and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

    (x) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical 
    ( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable 
    ( ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation 
    ( ) Blacklists suck 
    ( ) Whitelists suck 
    ( ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored 
    ( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud 
    ( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks 
    ( ) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually 
    (x) Sending email should be free 
    (x) Why should we have to trust you and your servers? 
    ( ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses 
    ( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem 
    ( ) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome 
    ( ) I don't want the government reading my email 
    ( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough
Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

    (x) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work. 
    ( ) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it. 
    ( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your house down!


jerf 483 days ago | link

I generally just reformat to add newlines.

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jacalata 483 days ago | link

Why does the horizontal scrolling exist?

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Zak 483 days ago | link

Because

    pre { overflow: auto; padding: 2px; max-width:600px; }
If you want to override it, you can use a user stylesheet, userscript or the like.

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jacalata 483 days ago | link

I meant more like - is it intended to be there? I don't see any benefit from having it.

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Zak 483 days ago | link

It prevents someone from breaking the site's layout with super-wide lines of preformatted text.

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