On Wed, 2009-11-18 at 09:23 -0500, Andrew Ballard wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 9:07 AM, Ashley Sheridan
> <a...@ashleysheridan.co.uk> wrote:
> > I  think that people removing themselves from mailing lists is a little 
> > extreme. I wouldn't remove myself just because I thought I was being 
> > tracked.
> You might not, but some people will. One (of many) of the problems
> with that approach is that the same technique has been used by
> spammers to validate which addresses actually get delivered and read.
> > There is another way to track reading of emails though. Microsoft Outlook 
> > created something called read receipts. Users still have to accept the read 
> > receipt to be sent to the sender, so it might be a slightly more obtrusive 
> > way of finding out who read what, and afaik, it only works on the first 
> > read of an email. I don't know exactly how they are formed, but I believe 
> > it is some form of special attachment to the email that is recognised by 
> > some email clients.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Ash
> > http://www.ashleysheridan.co.uk
> This is just an additional header or two at the top of the mail
> message. I'm not positive, as I've never used them, but look up
> "Read-Receipt-To" and "Disposition-Notification-To". This approach
> allow the user to have total control over whether they wish to notify
> you. Keep in mind that 1) not all clients recognize these headers, and
> 2) many people again will choose to say "No".
> Andrew

Yeah, it's a shame, spammers are ruining a lot of good things about
email. The problem really is that email as a standard is pretty old and
has quite a few exploitable areas. I guess until email2 these things
will continue to plague us!


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