It seems there's a new kind of spam around (though maybe not that new... I've been noticing it for a while now and just got around to posting about it). Normally we think of spam as junk email, or if you have a blog or a message forum, you might see an automated script that posts links to a site selling V1agR/\ or something similar, with no relationship to the rest of the discussion.
This new spam, though, is much more insidious, and if you read quickly you might completely miss it. Take this example, which was posted to my article Proper Loading of Toilet Paper, II:
It looks like some spammer is using this domain name as a return address for spam messages. If you came here because of that, know that it is very simple to forge the return address on an email message, and I am not sending you any spam.
You may have received a few messages from this domain, but I am receiving hundreds of bounced messages because of it.
Most modern web-based email systems have decent spam filtering (I've used gmail and yahoo). Anything that looks like spam gets filed into a "spam" folder. Pretty straightforward, right? One thing that strikes me about these systems is that the spam folder has a "Delete Forever" button, while normal mail folders have a regular "Delete" button. The difference is that the "Delete" button sends deleted messages into the trash, while the "Delete Forever" button obliterates the spam completely. The "Delete Forever" button should be replaced with a regular "Delete" button for the spam folder, and here's why: