glider emblem Enough! A Modest Proposal to End the Junk Mail Plague.

I took the pledge (quoted below), have you? I took it WITH a little modification, if I ever do send any other mail that could be seen as resend-able or forward-able to groups of people, I’ll use BCC and ask the recipients to do the same if they are to resend or forward said material.

 Note: The following text is a quote of the article on Roger Ebert on Wikipedia (see the original text here ).

The Boulder Pledge is a personal promise, first coined by Roger Ebert in 1996, not to purchase anything offered through email spam. The pledge is worded by Ebert as follows:

“Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community.”

Ebert coined the term during a panel at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Conference on World Affairs in 1996. He wrote the text which appears above and encouraged everyone to take the pledge. It was subsequently published in the December 1996 issue of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, where Ebert had a regular column, under the title of “Enough! A Modest Proposal to End the Junk Mail Plague.”