Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief at Wired and author of The Long Tail, recently went all blog-al with PR flacks contacting him with irrelevant PR pitches: Sorry PR people: you're blocked. He published a list of the email addresses of offenders, hoping to expose the "negative externalities" of mass marketing techniques. PR types buy contact lists and send mass emails hoping for one hit among a thousand emails. They don't perceive any cost for the 999 misses, but lots of value from the one hit, so they keep at the strategy. Anderson writes in a subsequent post:
My post, listing their email addresses, was an attempt to make those costs explicit, in a sense taxing the senders for the use of my time and patience by charging them some reputation credits, to whatever extent being shamed in public on a blog can do that.
Do you think the same approach would work for recruiters?! Or would it just attract the attention of additional recruiters?