Would YOU pay for email?

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  1. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

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    Following up from Dyres post here a while ago, it is looking as if Mr gates (amongst others) wants us all to buy "stamps" to use email, this will in fact cut down on the spam mail we all get. ermm. yeah right.

    "NEW YORK (AP) -- If the U.S. Postal Service delivered mail for free, our mailboxes would surely runneth over with more credit-card offers, sweepstakes entries, and supermarket fliers. That's why we get so much junk e-mail: It's essentially free to send. So Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates, among others, is now suggesting that we start buying "stamps" for e-mail. " more here at CNN

    So what do you guys think? lets hear.
     
  2. Warpy

    Warpy Well-Known Member

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    For Sure --- Why not, its only been free since day 1.

    PPPffft... you must be joking. :sleep:
     
  3. The_Neon_Cowboy

    The_Neon_Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    long as it 1 cent and billed never to go up except for inflation,
     
  4. nheimler

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    Umm...how the heck are they gonna traffic this? That's what I would like to know. And how does that affect those of us who run our own servers? I work in the IT for the local library system here in Michigan. We traffic thousands of emails a day just between branches. I personally think it will be more of a headache charging because I don't think there will be a sure fire way to handle all that. I deal with enough headaches of librarians who don't know how to turn on a computer (and think the monitor is the computer). :) We definitely don't need more with this in place. There is only two of us in the department and we help manage 80 locations, so yeah... We have plenty to do now. Don't need more to do. And besides...I find some of the SPAM quite amusing. It gives me a good laugh throughout the day with some of the crap they come up with especially the porn ones. :)
     
  5. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    If they can charge anyone for email at all, they can surely track down and stop the spammers without having to charge anyone. And, I seriously doubt that those spammers who are knowledgeable enough would actually end up paying anything anyway.

    Very plainly, I'm against charging for email -- period. I already have a hefty monthly Internet bill that's supposed to include free email.

    The ones I want to see stopped are those who are creating viruses and worms. Focus on that one, please!
     
  6. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

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    If they start charging extra for e-mail, I will stop using e-mail altogether. It's not like I use it overly much anyway. I pay $50 a month for internet service as it is, I'm not going to pay MORE just to e-mail my friend a funny picture or link I saw online, I'll just start using the phone again. What I think would be fair is giving legitimate ISP users so many "stamps" free per month so I can still use what little e-mail I do send without being charged extra.

    I think the "caller ID for E-mail" was a better idea. Stop spammers from being able to spoof their e-mail addresses makes more sense than charging money and alllowing them to continue spoofing and filling up your e-mail with junk you don't want to see. That way, I can filter the stuff by company. I also think that your e-mail address should be more of a secret than it currently is. If you forward mail, it should NOT show every single address in the forwarding mail to every person that recieved it, only the person's e-mail address that clicked "send" should show.....and make it unspoofable.

    Selling someones e-mail address to advertisers should be considered as illegal as a drug-deal.

    "Free Enterprise" has gotten out of hand, they need to rewrite those laws (or 'rights' or whatever you want to call them) to stop advertisers from being able to cry "free enterprise" and allowing them to invade people's private utilities, such as telephones and e-mail, on a constant basis. I'm sorry if that would put telemarketers out of business, but that is a job that should never have existed in the first place.

    Maybe deem spam something akin to a terrorist act and treat the violators accordingly. Make the COMPANIES for which the spam mail is regarding accountable, rather than the sender (who usually spoofs their address anyway). When companies start getting FINED for bothering people against their wishes, maybe the spam would stop.

    As a side-note, I think ads that pop up in a seperate window while browsing online should be made ILLEGAL too. Advertisers already have plenty of ways of annoying you with their ads: TV, billboards, magazines, the side of a bus...etc. At least those aren't my PRIVATE, 'paid for' services. That's the difference that needs to be re-written into the "free enterprise" laws. Public annoyance only, not private service invasion.
     
  7. XSwiftX

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    All I see is another attempt from Bill at trying to take over the internet. Who exactly is going to collect the billions of dollars this would generate? Besides do you really think the corporate world is going to agree to pay billions extra for all the emails they send? Ther is no way they will go along with this, and neither will everyday users. Eventually people are just going to get fed up and unplug from the internet.

    It would just be easier to make spam illegal.

    I would simply buy a domian and setup my own message board for family to communicate. There are plenty of ways to get around paying extra for emails.
     
  8. wertret

    wertret Still watching...

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    Hackers always find a crack soon or later, in the end we would be paying for sending and still recieving spam :(
     
  9. BiGBrOwNPimpsta

    BiGBrOwNPimpsta HH's #1 Hustla and Pimp

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    i never get spam actually its surprising. and if i do hotmail gets rid of it but i havent found one piece of spam mail in my inbox from months ago. its stupid to pay for email, it basically defeats the purpose of it and thats being free. sure you pay for certain sites (such as extra hotmail storage) but thats YOUR problem. but sending messages should have a fee? screw that
     
  10. EcPercy

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    this will never happen... no one will embrace the idea.. besides the prople that are greedy and already have too much money and power.. I remember when the post office was talking about doing this... there is only one problem.. they don't own email...

    the only way this would work is if ms hosted the entire worlds email.. and this would never happen... no one trusts his company or ethics that much...
     
  11. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    why is it that being forced to pay for something is somehow going to solve all the problems....?
     
  12. El Kapitano

    El Kapitano Most of the 7 dwarfs in 1

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    Shove it up yer arse Billy boy. What we need is co operative international legislation against spemmers.
     
  13. Alistair

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    The idea sounds good but as mentioned above would end up only hurting the legit consumers in the end. Unless ALL e-mail gets routed through a batch of servers that will verify them all there is no way to stop them from not paying. I know I'm sick of all my spam I recieve on a daily basis, but this isn't the solution.
     
  14. mainman

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    :hmm: this is a joke...right?!!..must be a joke...:duh: :wtf:
     
  15. MIG-31

    MIG-31 Old time Member.. Staff Member

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    if we are charged for emails,there goes the money saved on the phone bill.most of the time my stuff is sorted via email.

    my answer: NO I WOULD NOT!!!!
     
  16. mkk

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    I see a real possibility and possibly even a direct need for alternatives to the original e-mail system of today. And that somesuch might well be an "extra pay" service of some kind. But replacing todays system entirely is just not feasible or even practically doable.

    Who knows however what might happen to this aging low security network of e-mail servers in the future. Say that a handful of alternatives appear this decade and at least one of them is free of charge(beyond ISP service charges), might not the original e-mail system start to wither away slowly? Some ISP's are for instance beginning to or plan to drop support for nntp(newsgroups), another famed old workhorse. Maybe some 10-15 years from now some will start to shut down their stoneage e-maill servers that are ever increasingly overladen with junk mail, making actual user traffic represent a very low presentage of the upkeep. That would of course take many years and the original would probably never truly die out, but if there are some workable alternatives around it could become a reality for most users sooner than you'd think. If the very first one(s) cost money then let it be so. It's more important that something practical is done to get anywhere, and I would like to see some action fairly soon.
     

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