[unrev-II] Email based on invitation & introduction

From: Eric Armstrong (eric.armstrong@eng.sun.com)
Date: Mon Apr 02 2001 - 13:32:04 PDT

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    Back in the old days (before I had grown up) introductions
    were everything. You did business with someone *after*
    being introduced to them -- and probably *only* if you
    were introduced by someone the person trusted.

    Clubs, too, were important part of the contact-process.
    We could kill spam in a heartbeat with a system that
    modeled these two systems.

      A special message arrives that includes an introduction.

      If the recipient trusts the sender, then clicking a
      single button adds the address(es) on the list to the
      list of recognized contacts.

      If two people are both one a mailing list, one can
      send an invitation to the other to initiate a
      dialog. Doing so puts the recipient on the sender's
      list of recognized contacts. If the recipient accepts
      the invitation, the sender is placed on the recipient's
      list of recognized contacts.

      Being thrown out of a club (thrown off a list) would
      cause a "rejection letter" to go out to all members of
      the list. The letter would be ignored by anyone who
      did not have the malfeasant on their contact list. Anyone
      who did have that person as a contact would receive a
      message. Clicking a button would then remove that person
      from the recognized contact list.

    A system with such characteristics would undoubtedly go
    a long way towards returning a degree of civility to the
    internet. It would promote civil discourse and politeness,
    by making it impossible to contact anyone who does not
    wish to be contacted.

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