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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003

    Global NoEMAIL Day

    March 23, 2004 - Internet Service Providers, systems and network administrators and EMAIL users around the world are planning a day of action to protest about the growing misuse of EMAIL.

    One EMAIL manager told us "We are totally sick and tired of dealing with spam. Every day, our systems process literally thousands of invitations to buy performance enhancing drugs, participate in illicit funds transfers or collect nonexistent lottery winnings. Obnoxious junk like this wastes gigabytes of network bandwidth and disk space and makes our lives a misery, so we've decided to take positive action. This may inconvenience EMAIL users but it will hit the spammers and scammers where it really hurts - in their pockets. We'll interrupt their business."

    At midnight UTC on Global No EMAIL Day:

    web-based EMAIL applications will be withdrawn from service

    Internet mail servers will be shutdown

    SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) will be switched off

    EMAIL traffic to TCP port 25 will be blocked.

    EMAILs in transit at that time will disappear into the ether and users will be unable to launch new messages until service is resumed some time on April 2nd.

    Not everyone plans to join the day of action but as other systems close down, backlogs will build and mail routers may be overloaded. This could cause severe problems for those who try to keep going and long delays in EMAIL delivery.

    Internet watchdogs are sympathetic to the cause but plan to monitor the network carefully on the day for signs of trouble.

    Users who need to send urgent EMAILs are advised to set the "priority" flag (the equivalent of sticking on a first class e-stamp). This will take them to the front of the EMAIL queues and should reduce problems.

    Isnt this funny that the 'Global EMAIL Day' lands on April 1st?
    Centation Web Services
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Well, yes. And this is a ridiculous idea.
    Have you Floble'd today?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Tacoma, Washington
    If it's not a joke then it's an idea created by morons. No server admin with an ounce of sense is going to shut down mail for a full day outside a few private servers at best.
    Former Webhost... now, just a guy.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Plano, TX
    I'm sure my clients would just love that. Not being able to send and receive e-mail, it would be like the postal workers taking a day off in response to the amount of junk mail sent on a daily basis. While it is a shame, it's something which we have to deal with on an individual basis, not by pulling the plug on the mailserver.
    Richard W. Kelly
    Hello & Co! - It all starts with Hello ! 1-888-88-HELLO | | | | | | | | | | |

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    That should be good for sales

    EIRCA Ltd, home of The Genius Network.

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