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My Dearest Spammer

A love letter to the tech marketers who buy my contact information.

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anon5986881945
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anon5986881945,
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6/30/2014 | 12:48:39 PM
Re: Some people fear clowns
...wow
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
1/15/2014 | 9:21:48 PM
Re: Some people fear clowns
The unsubscribe links that bother me are the ones that say it could take several weeks to remove you from the list. When do you actually know whether or not it has worked and whether or not it's time to unsubscribe again? I don't trust them.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/15/2014 | 11:58:56 AM
Re: Possible Solution
I like it, especially if a portion of that money comes to me in the form of a rebate.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
User Rank: Ninja
1/15/2014 | 10:09:45 AM
Re: Hello Whoopty
Thanks. It's one I debated bringing over to my profeessional career once I started working, but in the end decided to hell with it and it's pretty much interchangeable for my real name at this point :).
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
User Rank: Ninja
1/15/2014 | 12:32:16 AM
Possible Solution
What if we could subscribe to an email provider that charges any sender, say, 1/10 of a penny to send a message to us? That shouldn't cost most individuals even 5 cent a day, and, it would make large-scale spamming prohibitively expensive.
Coverlet
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Coverlet,
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1/14/2014 | 11:51:19 PM
Some people fear clowns
I fear unsubscribe links.  

I'm sure most of them work but I tend to wear that special kind of aluminum foil hat that says 'clicking on that link will verify to these nutjobs that I'm here.'   I'm unintentionally proving what psychology has been saying for a century: nutjobs create nutjobs.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
1/14/2014 | 8:25:01 PM
Re: Hello Whoopty
In addition to "Hello" I tend to get "Greetings" and "Dear Madam" as well.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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1/14/2014 | 3:48:52 PM
Hello
Oh geez, I actually start quite a few emails with "Hello."

Can we get some kind of award or something for the author? His stuff is almost always 10/10.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
1/14/2014 | 11:55:32 AM
No shortcuts
What this all comes down to is that there's no substitute for good content. But making good content is hard -- probably well nigh impossible in a culture that thinks sending spam beginning with "hello" is a good idea.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/14/2014 | 11:51:08 AM
Re: Hello Whoopty
Kudos. Aliases do not get much better than "Whoopty."
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