In an effort to fight spam, the Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa
(ISPA) has been maintaining a Spam Hall of Fame.
Started in 2008, the list is regularly updated, and last month 64 spammers and 34 email address resellers were awarded the dubious honor. The organization says getting on the list has actually prompted some spammers to change their ways and agree to adhere to the ISPA’s guidelines. In return, they are removed from the HOS. Here are some of the latest list spammers to be inducted:
New Heights 1268 / Jaco Derksen
SA Webs (not SA Web Design)
Worldclass Mobile aka Marketing House
World Class Products
Kaleidoscope Advertising and eMarketing
The Peer Group
The SA Consumer Initiative
While I think this is an admirable undertaking, I’m not sure it really does much good. Sure, a legit company that found itself on the list would likely be very happy to change their ways so they would be removed, but I’m willing to bet the vast majority of the companies on that list are true spammers and couldn’t care less. After all, even the threat of prosecution and stiff fines promised by anti-spam laws doesn’t deter most spammers. They’ll keep right on pumping out their junk and profiting off the 1% who still click on their links despite all the warnings they’ve been giving.
How do you feel about the Spam Hall of Fame? If you were in charge of such an undertaking, who would you induct? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!