I feel fairly sure in saying that most mailing list software,
newsgroup software, and communication software in general,
will allow you to preemptively add people to your address
book, subscription lists, etc. Every router and switch out
there allows forged packets through them, should we lambast
the hardware manufacturers even though numerous
accompanying handbooks recommend good practice
Google has been very quick to deal with issues of spammers
every time I have brought it up.
> "here, have some free guns. oh, by the way, its probably
> bad if you go around shooting people, so don't do that."
> it is starting too look to me like google is quite happy to
> host spammers.
> or, at best, doesn't care if spammers use them to host
> their services.
I've found gmail is the current favored account amongst
forum spammers; I have to assume they are doing nothing
about abuse complaints because I find it quite unlikely
that the forums I operate just happen to be the first
ones that get abused by accounts signed up with gmail
addresses. I report each one to their abuse address,
probably goes to bit bucket. gmail is probably still
'beta' though so it's ok to let spammers use that too.