thechris wrote:i guess it is a good idea so long as it doesn't get widespread use. if this happens you will have the hassel of maintianing your whitelist (solicited list) and remebering to add people to your list to get email. I don't think its worth it.
The solicit list (or whitelist, if you want to call it that way) is a personal list. Its purpose is not to charge any one in the list. Each user has his own personal solicit list. So the e-mail company doesnot need to manage it, it must be managed by the user. Example, you have an pay e-mail account linked with a e-bank account and you regularly receive a few newsletters and e-mails from your friends or relatives. So, what you need to do is add their e-mail address in the solicit e-mail list.
As many people start using this idea, the rest of the people will get tempted to the advantages and will open a new account soon. If you disagree, then when mos of the people on the net start using this, you will be simply forced to open a new e-bank account soon, isnt it ?
thechris wrote:it really comes down to a whitelist though. as you have it, it is too dangerous. a limit of maybe 10 cents per email needs to be in place. $1000 is too much.
May be President of America would charge $1000 if the sender wants his e-mail to be read by the president. (President of India personally reads and replys e-mails daily. He spends atleast an hour a day checking e-mails. No doubt he cannot reply to thousands of e-mail, but he manages to reply most!)
thechris wrote:its the equivilent of sending people blank cheques. further, there is a monetary incentive for people to charge you unjustly, especailly if they can get over $1000! for safety, the sender needs to determine the cost of sending or the maximum charge must be very low.
The e-cheque is digitally signed by the payer (sender) and the e-bank. And before the e-mail is accepted, the e-cheque signature is verified at the senders e-bank. In digital or e-cheque (a encripted, digitally signed data packed) there is nothing like blank cheque. The signature has to be generated with the amount as one of the parameters. Else, the signature will fail verification test and e-mail is not accepted by the ESMTP server.
thechris wrote:possibly a better system would be a warning system -- if spam is received, a warning can be sent to the ebank. upon receiving X number of warnings, the account of the indivual is charged a predetermined amount. this removes the receiver's incentive to charge the sender, and allows the sender the security of knowing they won't lose a weeks salary because they sent bad news.
No need of this idea. This won't happen at all. The protocol is the key to prevent any mess.
thechris wrote:i still say use whitelists if you think your time is that important.
If the whitelist is independent of user then it's worth zero. The white list must be different for each individual. An spam for you may be a good information for a product I was searching! So a spam for you not necessarily is spam for me.