Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
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E-mail: Effective Means of Communication or Internet Junk Pipeline?

So far today, I've submitted 88 SpamCop reports and there are still 2 hours to go. This could be a personal best but I never bothered to track the stat.

On the plus side, I just got a bunch of unsubscribe notices from ConsumerValueDirect. And I only had to report them about a dozen times. :/ This is probably one of those opt-out mailing lists where they start by subscribing 200 million e-mail addresses or however many that All-The-Email-Addresses-In-The-World CD contains and then wait for unsubscribe requests to come in.

The trouble with opt-out is firstly, it is spam. How do you know you have to unsubscribe from a mailing list you didn't join? They'll have to spam you at least once and more likely half a dozen times by the time you check your e-mail. Secondly, how do you know the opt-out mechanism is legitimate? It could also be a means of collecting verified e-mail addresses, which they will then sell to other spammers.

So excuse me if I report all opt-out spammers, legit or not, to their ISPs.

Does Strong Bad get any spam? :)

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