reply to ImFixingIt
Re: This is easy. Real world ID would spark criticism from the privacy groups worldwide. Of course, is spam did not exist I would have little need for free email accounts. Of course, one could easily require something in the way of a credit-card verification process with no fee. But then ISps go from free accounts to costing them something.
Also, limiting the number of emails sent for the first 30 days will only postpone Spammers for just 30-days. They'll simply signup for xx-xxx email accounts daily. Remember, seldom (if never) does a Spammer actually wish to get a response on the email addy they are spamming from.
Personally, I am all for a finger-print ID based system. But then again, I have nothing to hide (yeah, right), and would make it damn difficult for a convicted Spammer to continue like they are now. Make them buy a $200 reader, connect to their PC, and signup online with their finger-print ID, and make the reader only capable of being used on a website once per month--or something like this.
With mistakes like me its any wonder anything gets fixed!