I see how much time and energy -- and money -- are wasted all the time by businesses. I've seen the theft of bandwidth. I know how much frustration it causes.
I know how much damage it can do to the image of the organisation sending it out. And the message which sparked this conversation came from a fannish organisation.
I don't want to ask Pipex to disconnect the EFDA from the Internet. (That's the address from which the message was sent.) It's a violation of the terms and conditions of most ISPs. There's good reasons for that.
It's the issue that most exercises every single one of my clients. Every one.
We all have our hobby-horses. This is mine.
scarlatti asks "Do you think your reaction to anything resembling spam is a moderate, reasonable one?"
I think it's entirely reasonable. But I'd be deeply, deeply disappointed if anyone thought it was moderate.
Edit, 2:11am: In a new post in the community to which the post which prompted scarlatti's question was posted, I've said the following:
I withdraw what I said in my previous post to this community, and in my responses to comments to that post.
It's evident, from the comments to that post, from comments elsewhere, and from emails that I've received off-list, that my views in the matter do not coincide with those of the rest of fandom. It's also evident that my approach in expressing them in this way is seen as inappropriate.
I will not raise the matter again in this community.
I remind the moderators that they are able to delete posts in communities that they maintain if they feel that to do so is appropriate.