Edward Felton has posted some solid reasons against the implementation of the Lycos anti-spam screensaver that I mentioned previously. While I love the idea (retribution against spammers is very appealing), I can’t argue with his points, and have found my opinion turning against Lycos’ strategy. A snippet from his post:
> This is a serious lapse of judgment by Lycos. For one thing, this kind of vigilante attack erodes the line between the good guys and the bad guys. Spammers are bad because they use resources and keep people from getting to the messages they want to read. If you respond by wasting resources and keeping people from getting to the websites they want to read, it’s hard to see what separates you from the spammers.
His writing is, as always, insightful.