Antiquated and Alienating Spam Defense

Dear Earthlink Users:

If I send you an email and receive the following automated reply, please know that I do not waste any further time trying to connect with you.

I apologize for this automatic reply to your email.

To control spam, I now allow incoming messages only from senders I have approved beforehand.

If you would like to be added to my list of approved senders, please fill out the short request form (see link below). Once I approve you, I will receive your original message in my inbox. You do not need to resend your message. I apologize for this one-time inconvenience.

Click the link below to fill out the request

May I suggest that you look for a better way to deal with spam? There are many options to control spam that do not alienate the good people who are trying to reach you.

That is all.