According to our college’s IT director, the server that handles faculty and staff email receives between 80,000 and 100,000 incoming emails per day. Of these, only 10 to 15 percent are good emails. The remaining 85 to 90 percent, perhaps as much as 90,000 incoming emails per day, is nothing but spam. I suspect that these percentages are not unique to our institution.
So, how much are we spending to build and maintain an infrastructure that delivers mostly unwanted garbage created by assholes who don’t pay a thing for its (ab)use?
I say it’s time we put a bounty on spammers and then create a reality TV show called “Spam Hunters”.