I got my first taste of the internet’s greatest weapon back in the early days of the Internet: The spam filter.
I’d never heard of it until that day, when my friend, a programmer for a major tech company, asked me to write a blog post about it.
It was my first time using the service, and I had a hard time believing it was something so new.
It’s not just spam filtering that the new filter is designed to keep out.
It’s also a way to keep people from doing the things they hate.
For example, spamming your inbox is no fun.
If you get a message from a friend, or from an old friend, it’s tempting to reply, but that’s not what the new spam filter does.
It blocks spam entirely.
I started to wonder if this was the kind of thing that could have gone wrong for me.
Maybe the new filtering wasn’t really doing its job.
Maybe it was a bad idea.
If so, why did I start it?
What happened next I was stunned.
I was the first to learn about this new spam filtering tool.
It turned out to be a huge mistake.
For me, it was like a magic trick.
I didn’t even know I had it.
For years, I’d been telling myself that spam filtering was a good thing, and that my inbox was full of spam, but the new filters were so effective that I thought I’d never use them.
But then I realized what I was missing.
I realized that I had no idea how much my inbox filled up with spam.
I couldn’t see it.
I was not alone.
I have about a dozen friends who used spam filters as their primary way of filtering out their messages.
They had it down to a science.
But most of them had never heard about the new, powerful spam filters.
I knew the answer to my question: Why did I spend so much time writing about spam filtering?
After all, I had done nothing to deserve it.
In short, spam filtering has never been a bad thing.
In fact, the Internet has a history of doing things right, and it’s a good reason to embrace the new technology.
When we write about things like censorship, mass surveillance, and corporate monopolies, we often focus on the things that are done right now, not the things we can do to improve them.
If we’re going to take action to combat these threats to the free, open, and decentralized Internet, we have to make a decision as soon as possible about what the future holds.
I have a very specific mission to get us there.
And I don’t think we’re even close to realizing it yet.
The first step in this process is recognizing that there are people who don’t understand spam filtering.
We’ve all seen people with no clue how to use it, who have no idea why it’s even there.
People who think the new stuff is some sort of magic trick, or a joke, or the next step in a conspiracy.
I’ve been writing about the Internet’s new spam filters for more than two years.
Since I started, I’ve noticed a trend in the comments section of every single one of my posts.
“I can’t even get a spam filter working on my Mac.
This spam filter just makes me mad.”
These comments are the product of an online culture that values simplicity over nuance.
It doesn’t care if you know how to turn off spam filters, or what they actually do, or why they’re useful.
The only way to know is to try.
But the way this mentality works is that the majority of people don’t actually understand the difference between spam filtering and spam.
This is especially true when you have a small, niche group of people, and they often have little understanding of the technical issues involved in spam filtering or how to set it up.
I had to ask them.
When I started writing about these issues, I didn’t realize how important it was to understand what was happening to people’s inboxes.
If there was a simple way to get a new spam-filtering filter to work for me, people who didn’t understand it would have no reason to bother.
And that’s exactly what I’ve learned.
The old spam filters were bad.
The new ones are good.
This isn’t some conspiracy theory, or some silly fantasy that just popped into my head.
This was the truth.
It was my friend who asked me what the problem was, and so I explained that it was the new and powerful spam filtering on the Internet.
He didn’t know how it worked.
I explained it to him.
I don’t know if he understood the new features, or if he was just too busy to understand.
But I did, and he was so grateful.
That was the lesson I learned.
If people don