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This document contains site-related information about the Campaign to Stop Junk Email Web site. It includes administrivia like recent changes, press clippings, awards and merit badges, and link-backs. This page is currently under construction.

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  • Recent Changes to the site
  • The Campaign to Stop Junk Email site in the News Media reports about this site
  • How you can help join the fight
  • Siblings-in-Arms Links reciprocal anti-junk email sites
  • Merit Badges

  • Recent Changes

  • Complete site reorganization underway [May 2000]
  • Updated Junk Email News new with item about the tragic screwing of consumers by the Nevada legislature, and Worldnet's mail problems as a result of junk emailers. Also added link in Action Items to Tigerden's excellent round-up of junk email legislation. [24 July 1997]
  • Updated "Strategy Shift" section with latest legislative proposals, including information about inferior third junk email bill in US Senate. [4 July 1997]
  • Updated Junk Email News new with articles about Cyber Promotions latest troubles. [4 July 1997]
  • Updated Junk Email News with link to news.com article reporting that AGIS' junk mailing customers continue to spam despite supposed agreement to stop as of last Saturday, 24 May. [31 May 1997]
  • Updated Action Items with links to full text of the The Netizens Protection Act of 1997, which will ban junk email. [30 May 1997]
  • Added endorsement of the The Netizens Protection Act of 1997 (H.R. 1748) in the Strategy Shift introduction. [30 May 1997]
  • Updated Action Items with links to full text of the The Netizens Protection Act of 1997, which will ban junk email. [30 May 1997]
  • Started updating "Allies" in Other Resources section section [22 May 1997]
  • Added "Strategy Shift" section [22 May 1997]
  • Added Action Items for upcoming and pending US Federal legislative efforts to ban and regulate junk email! [22 May 1997]
  • Added huge backlog of new Siblings-In-Arms [21 May 1997]
  • Updated Illegal Activities and Resources sections with new address for the National Fraud Information Center (fraudinfo@psinet.com) and contact at FTC (now bbroder@ftc.gov) [18 April 1997]
  • Changed to a white background, after I finally gave up on getting the texture light enough. I want everyone to be able to learn how to fight junk email, even people with crappy monitors. Visit the main page to see the offending background.[11 April 1997]
  • It turns out UUNET prefers you send junk email complaints a non-standard address (see Abuse Addresses.[11 April 1997]
  • Added Action Item about New York State Assembly bill to outlaw junk email. [11 April 1997]
  • Added IRS reporting address to Illegal Activities section for junk emails that claim the sender has acquired great wealth from their pyramid scheme. [17 March 1997]
  • Policy Change I no longer recommend responding directly to the junk emailer's message at all. [17 March 1997]
  • Added analysis of the bogus censorship defense sometimes presented by junk email apologists. [24 February 1997]
  • Acknowledged that getting paid to have sex isn't always illegal, as I claimed in my junk email example response. [1 February 1997]
  • Created separate Prevention page and updated prevention information. [25 January 1997]
  • The Campaign to Stop Junk Email site in the News

    "'What makes junk e-mail so irritating to people is that most of the costs are borne by the recipients,' says John C. Rivard, a computer professional who maintains a scrupulous Web page devoted to the 'anti-spam' campaign."
    The Bergen Record,; "Computer users declaring war on junk e-mail" by Robert Gebeloff, June 8, 1997

    "For more technical help rooting up the sources of spam, see Internet consultant John C. Rivard's Stop Junk Email site, which includes an excellent step-by-step guide to tracing spam...."
    C|Net, Features; "How to: Stop Spam" by Michelle V. Rafter, December 19, 1996

    "There's been an explosion of anti-junk-email sites, and experts say it reflects the frustration... of Netizens about junk email. One site, Stop Junk Email offers tips such as "stay calm, get mad, and fire."
    C|Net, News.com; "Junk email victims fight back" by Jeff Pelline, November 12, 1996

    "The Stop Junk E-mail Web site is a good resource for learning more about the dynamics of spamming. It includes a frequently asked questions area covering the hows and whys of junk E-mail and ways to keep the spammers away."
    PC Week Online Net Resources section; "No spams: Online guides to thwarting junk E-mail" by Jeff Frentzen, Monday, October 14, 1996

    "There are sites on the World Wide Web that offer plenty of other suggestions from computer-savvy folks about dealing with junk e-mail. One of the best is run by JCR Design and Consulting at http://www.mcs.com/~jcr/index.html, where a detailed account of the phenomenon is available."
    The Chicago Tribune Binary Beat section; "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...or Just Block Junk" by James Coates (online version no longer available), Sunday, September 30, 1996

    "John Rivard of Chicago created a "No Junk Mail" symbol and posted it on a Web site for his JCR Design & Consulting company. He said he hoped that visitors to his site would post the symbol on their own home pages to make known their opposition to bulk e-mail."
    The New York Times Cybertimes section; "AOL's War on Junk E-Mail Escalates, but to Little Avail" by David J. Wallace (free registration required to access full text online), Thursday, September 26, 1996

    "Like many people who have used e-mail for a long time to exchange messages with friends, family and colleagues, Chicago graphic artist John C. Rivard fears today's relatively minor annoyance of 10 unwanted messages could become tomorrow's 10,000 as the Internet grows....

    'Junk e-mail is a growing irritation, but it is rapidly becoming a serious problem as the volume continues to grow,' said Rivard, who in February established the "Stop Junk E-mail" Web site (http://www.mcs.com/(tilde)jcr/junkemail.html). 'It seems to be growing exponentially. The sheer number of unwanted e-mail messages will soon be overwhelming people's e-mail boxes, clogging legitimate mail and wasting time and money.'"
    The Chicago Sun Times Business section; "Rising tide of `junk' e-mail threatens to swamp Internet" by Howard Wolinski (online version no longer available), Tuesday, September 10, 1996


    Merit Badges

    Review/criticism awards that have been presented to the Campaign to Stop Junk Email page.We're honored.

    UK Online Recommended
    This page was a UK Online's featured site for the week of 11 November 1996
    This page is Gard Certified
    [Useful Cool badge]
    We were the Useful Cool Useful site for Thursday, April 24, 1997
    [Guardian Site of the Day Badge]
    We were the Guardian's Site of the Day for Saturday, June 6, 1998



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