@Grandtheftautism It wouldn't bother me that they advertise but for the fact that the weight (bandwidth) is paid for by the average people, precisely so that we have control over, among other things, advertising content.
An alternate strategy is basically DDoS, where we get everyone to click on advertisers links, pound reload (or script something) to drive their bandwidth bill with no corresponding lift in sales; then they want rid of the deadweight.
Check this out: https://www.cnet.com/news/lycos-europe-make-love-not-spam/
@Grandtheftautism short form: basic p2p network, TTL packets. email is scanned, message bodies and URLS before the ? are hashed, then sent out to the network like a search. When enough responses come back, (or enough queries of the same hash are received) the URLs are unlocked and get intermittently pounded -- ONLY BY NODES WHO RECEIVED THEM. Not a proper DDoS. :-) The trick is threshold -- how many X before the nodes act. Per-node config... I'd say it's worth a go...
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