Re: [unrev-II] Email based on invitation & introduction

From: Bernard Vatant (
Date: Tue Apr 03 2001 - 13:45:15 PDT

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    Civility is great ... but ...

    1. It also contains the dreadful "think tank" syndrom, close to deadly club
    closeness indeed ...
    2. Many good ideas and interesting contacts I got from mails speeding out of
    the wild unknown into my mail box ...

    All in all, I prefer this wild living world to the civility you propose ...


    ----- Message d'origine -----
    De : "Eric Armstrong" <>
    À : "unrev2" <>
    Envoyé : lundi 2 avril 2001 22:32
    Objet : [unrev-II] Email based on invitation & introduction

    > 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.
    > Introduction
    > A special message arrives that includes an introduction.
    > Acceptance
    > If the recipient trusts the sender, then clicking a
    > single button adds the address(es) on the list to the
    > list of recognized contacts.
    > Invitation
    > 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.
    > Rejection
    > 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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