News.com meldt dat de vorige week tegen @Home afgekondigde Usenet Death Penalty niet in zal gaan. @Home wist de usenet admins er voor verstrijking van het ultimatum van te overtuigen dat het voldoende maatregelen tegen spammers onderneemt:
"Because of the rapid and positive response from the people at Excite@Home Network, the Usenet Death Penalty originally announced to go into effect at the close of business (Tuesday) has been lifted," Usenet spam tracker David Ritz wrote today in an email.
The harsh sentence caused Excite@Home to begin scanning its network last week for users with potentially misconfigured software. But the threat of a ban failed to ignite an outcry from its customers, a symptom of the dwindling use of Usenet. Once a venerable platform for online discussions, the influence of Usenet newsgroups has progressively declined, according to analysts and those in the industry.
Usenet administrators still could cancel messages that appear to be posted from Excite@Home users if the levels of abuse and lack of response return to their earlier levels within 30 days, according to Ritz's letter. Spam originating from Excite@Home has decreased considerably in the past few days, Ritz told CNET News.com.