Re: What's the deal with the shoe ads?
- From: roberson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Walter Roberson)
- Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 20:05:57 +0000 (UTC)
In article <ef51f78.3@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Duane Hanselman <masteringmatlab@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Some spammer found a way into cssm that can be automated. I hope the
hole is plugged.
cssm is an unmoderated Usenet newsgroup. There are tens of thousands of
access points (news servers), few of which have any kind of input
vetting. Usenet as a whole just has too much volume for ISPs to put on
There is a legal problem: an ISP that applies source filtering is
likely to be considered to be exercising "editorial control", and would
thereby become liable for any problems with messages that they -did-
let through. For example, if I were using a filtering ISP and I posted
something defaming you and the filtering procedures didn't catch it
before passing it on, then because the ISP had that "editorial
control", -they- would be considered the "publishers" of the offending
post, and -they- would become responsible for the content, and you
would sue them (the "publishers") rather than me ("the author"). Not
many ISPs are willing to open that can of worms.
There are some advertisement detection automatic programs running
in various places, that detect ads and automatically issue Usenet
cancellation messages, which are promptly ignored by most news servers,
but honoured by systems that have come to trust the particular
CancelBot . Whichever CancelBot(s) are respected at the news server
I'm using don't seem to have caught on that the nike stuff is
ads; they also haven't figured out the various "extracts".
In the case of the solution manuals, they probably figure that
if the postings were unwelcome here that there would not be so many
people responding asking for examples and pricing -- advertising
that consistantly gets a positive response is arguably not unwelcome
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath
been already of old time, which was before us. -- Ecclesiastes
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