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  • tom_richards_mm tom_richards_mm Dec 27, 2000 4:56 PM Flag

    Prediction: The end of bulletin boards

    I've noted that the SPAMMers have gotten better
    at their miserable little trade. There are more of
    them and they are now able to get their messages on
    virtually every stock board almost daily.

    Just how
    long will it be before the SPAM renders the boards
    useless? Given the unpoliceable nature of the net and the
    rate of SPAM acceleration, I wouldn't be surprised to
    see free message boards forced shut within 3-5 years.
    The intended users will, when this gets a LITTLE
    worse, give up on the boards -- leaving them like the
    grocery-store tack-and-paper boards: cluttered, largely unread,
    and purely for freebie ads.

    The SPAMers are
    transforming themselves from annoying to hateful. But, like
    the plague of automated answering systems, I fear
    that they are here to stay for as long as rats exist
    to carry the contagion.

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