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Now that a majority of spammers run server from nations without spam laws. Blocking access to those certain nations would mean an internet with less spam.
Blocking pakistan, korea, and other rogue nations means i could prevent sensitive information such as which top cities are great tourist spots.
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What's rogue about South Korea? They're the largest users of the Alexa toolbar. They're the most advanced internet users in the world, even more advanced than the United States.
A lot of spam, as far as asia is concerned, comes out of China.
Also, .sa IS NOT a South African tld, it belongs to Saudi Arabia.
.za belongs to South Africa.
If you want to block the greatest amount of spam, you'll have to block out huge swaths of the United States.
I would start with Texas (though not Austin), Louisiana (though not New Orleans), Florida, Arkansas... Heck, pretty much the entire United States.
If you're defining "rogue" status based on the amount of spam generated, then the United States is the biggest rogue nation.
I wouldn't worry about .sa. Internet access in Saudi Arabia is tightly controlled.
joined:Apr 13, 2002
I'll let the chinese on this board speak for themselves. I think it's telling, however, that there aren't many saudi arabian members on this board, but quite a few from China.
The government has invested heavily in security systems to block access to sites it deems offensive, said to range in subject matter from religion to swimwear. BBC [news.bbc.co.uk]
I dont think it's something that should be even contemplated by the web community - we are supposed to be the INTERnational NETwork after all! :)
To ban a user base based on their geographic location is a pretty unfair generalisation, IMHO. Regardless of how much spam or how little business is generated from their countries.
And martinibuster has a good point - how much junk originates from our own countries? AOL anyone?
If people really want to to do something about spam, then I suggest starting we all start in our own back yard before we starting labeling entire countries.
[edited by: Marketing_Guy at 5:46 pm (utc) on Jan. 27, 2003]
Example if I was the owner of the largest real estate organization in the world and had the database of listings open to the whole world wouldn't it be ideal to block access to certain countries that might misuse the site's information.
The above example is pertaining to a real live site and I have no way of knowing if the site already does such.
The title was modded down from the previous which included the words terrorist which pertained to the rogue nations.
One alternative to slow them down for awhile, is require cookie support. Most bots won't go to that step yet.