This page is simply a placeholder where I can have links to archives of past efforts I’ve been involved with, mainly from the late 90s/early 2000s, in case they come up in future conversation. And for clarification, by “archives” I really mean “links from my site that redirect to pages archived on the Wayback Machine”.

The list:

  • SPAM-L FAQ – I maintained the FAQ for the SPAM-L from the late 90s until the list was shut down in the late 2000s. The list had hundreds of members representing organizations from around the world.
  • – This was the original website that explained “what is spam”, “why is it bad”, etc. back when the Internet was much more of a “Wild Wild West”. I was a contributor to the site and my name can be found in the list of signatories at the bottom of the page.
  • CAUCE – The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email. I co-founded this group back in 1998 and we grew to over 30,000 members. Our goal was to see legislation crafted to amend the Junk Fax Law (47 USC 227) to apply to email. While we were not successful, we did succeed in bringing much public attention to the spam problem.
  • Turntide – TurnTide was a startup that made an anti-spam router. It would sit in front of your mail server and process all traffic on port 25. If a particular IP address was sending spam, we wouldn’t block them, just slow them down with traffic shaping, causing queues to fill up on their end. Customers loved it, spammers hated it. 5 months in, we were bought by Symantec for $28 Million.

Final Ultimate Solution to the Spam Problem (FUSSP) Response

I got this form letter from this Slashdot post, and it has surfaced in countless other incarnations, too.

FUSSP stands for “Final Ultimate Solution to the Spam Problem. It’s used to describe ideas put forth by people with little sysadmin/email/spam fighting experience who think that they found the magic problem to stop spam. More examples of FUSSPs can be found here.


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