Surrendering to the spambots

If you want to comment, use my academic email address.

In the week I was away and without high-speed access, I didn’t even try to download the mail that comes from the automatic link to the left. Today I tried, and there were 18,000 new messages, of which approximately 17,950 will turn out to be spam.

I give up. If you want to write to me, use my last name, the four-letter acronym for University California Los Angeles, a period, and the three-letter url trailer for an educational institution. If you’ve sent me something via the link, it’s lost forever; please try again.

I’m going to try to get some tight filtering in place and restart the automated system, but my betting is on the bots.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: