I've gotten an increase in emails like everyone else. Some of them are clearly legitimate, others, not so much. It's impossible to know if there is one person spamming me repeatedly, or if the spam fairy just happened to be more busy this month than others.
Can the raw source be included in the emails we get? So we can see the IP address it originated from? Or, could the IP address itself just be included with the email?
I think this would resolve most of the problems, as we'd know who's spamming and who's just sending a sincere email.
I'm not sure that giving away every user's IP address is the answer for spam. There's got to be a much better solution for it.
You give your IP address away every time you send someone an email, unless you send it by proxy. And even then, it's easy enough to find most of the time.
You also give your IP address away every time you publish a comment here.
I think it would be very helpful -- particularly since this isn't really about spam. It's about being able to know which emails are real and which are not.
I'd like to have a clue as to whether or not 5 emails are all from the same person who is just trying to get to me answer them any way they can -- or if it's a legit email from someone I wouldn't mind corresponding with.
Generally, I reply to most emails, but lately there has been a marked increase in volume. They appear to be mostly legitimate, but honestly, some have been bizarre -- more bizarre then the questions I get sent as a men's sex columnist.
And that is *really* saying something.
As long as the warning is in place that you disclose your IP to the recipient when sending an email, I don't see it as a problem. And yes, I think it can be helpful.
Yes yes, I'm aware of that.
However, what I don't see is a necessity for knowing the IP address by email.
If it's spam, just delete it. It's easy.
This really isn't about spam, per se.
It's more about the possibility of 1 person sending 10 emails via different address and pretending to be different people until they get a reply from you.
It's not easy to know whether or not its spam without knowing if the IPs are different.
We'll take this idea under advisement. It seems fairly reasonable to me, to include the ip address along with the emails, as long the user is warned, but we want to think about it a bit more ...
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