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October 04, 2010, 08:04:22 AM
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Configure your incoming email server to only accept emails with 5 BTC (0.25 USD) attached. If the mail is spam, the addressee keeps the 5 BTC and the sender's email address is blocked. If it's not spam, the addressee must return the 5 BTC in order to receive future emails from the sender.
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October 04, 2010, 11:43:21 AM
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You kept it simple. I like it. Smiley

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October 04, 2010, 04:10:10 PM
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Biggest problem is:

Everyone in the world has to use it or it doesn't work at all. You get google on board, I'll call AOL and that should get us rolling Cheesy

Not true.  Everyone that communicates with you has to use it, not everyone in the world.  People that don't use bitcoin can't communicate with you.

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October 04, 2010, 04:49:50 PM
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Configure your incoming email server to only accept emails with 5 BTC (0.25 USD) attached. If the mail is spam, the addressee keeps the 5 BTC and the sender's email address is blocked. If it's not spam, the addressee must return the 5 BTC in order to receive future emails from the sender.

For some reason I don't like this idea.  At all.

Against spam I prefer the X-hash idea, which is already used.  It's a proof of work attached to any sent email.
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October 06, 2010, 07:53:19 AM
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Of course that's then like a spider web. If I have email communication with 50 friends, family, and business associates, they all have to use it. Then all 50 of their partners must as well, etc etc etc. Until a short while later, everyone has to be using it. In this lifetime my grandma will not be using bitcoin.

I like a slightly different version. Payment is required, but there is a "legitimate" button that returns the micro payment. If you really want to block an address you can, but you can also simply ignore spam and make money.

The same thing could work for phone calls. You could use it to drop hints too. If my mother calls too much I just don't press the "legit" button and maybe she figures it out.

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October 23, 2015, 08:19:33 PM
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I think no matter what, I'll always have spam email.
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