Spam, like ubiquitous 3rd class mail and telephone solicitors, is a tedious reality of the current advertising climate and is not going away any time soon. Internet-wide the volume of spam has increased over 200% in the last year alone and will continue to grow until anti-spam laws are passed that have some real teeth in them. In the meantime, BAEN and its users must take steps to avoid spam.
What is BAEN doing about this? Our business directory, calendar and classified ads employ "BAENmail", a server-based program that works with our database to conceal email addresses from senders, harvesters and bad 'bots. However our message boards, which are remotely hosted by Boardhost and are not part of BAEN's database system, do not employ BAENmail.
What can you, the user, do about spam? The answer is quite a lot. There are many spam-filtering services available on the net. Many ISP's such as Earthlink and AOL offer in-house email filtering; other companies on the 'net offer filtered email forwarding to owners of POP3 email addresses. Free email providers such as Hotmail typically provide spam filters. Client-side email management programs like Microsoft Outlook allow users to implement spam filters on their computers that detect and move or delete spam as it's downloaded. You can eliminate up to 95% of spam from your in-box using these easily available tools (Keep in mind that BAEN uses email to communicate with its users, so if you use spam-blocking tools make sure they're set to allow email messages from BAYEQUEST.COM and BAYEQUEST.INFO. You can remove yourself from BAEN's database at any time by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "remove" in the subject line).
We recommend the following tips to help cut down on spam: