huge display of idiocy

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  1. strantor

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    I come in to work @ 4:30am, before most people are awake. I got in this morning and checked my company email and saw a spam email and moved it to the spam folder. I didn't bother to look at the address on it. About 3hrs later my inbox starts blowing up; my little alert tune ringing incessently. It turns out, that spam email was addressed to a mailing list (allusemployees@mycompany.com). around 8:00 - 8:30am I recieved about 50 emails from 'tards within my company who don't know the difference between 'reply' and 'reply to all', saying "please take me off your mailing list".

    What percentage of the population actually thinks that it's a good idea to respond to spam with "please take me off your list"? And what percentage of the population thinks it's a good idea to hit "reply to all", on a message that goes out to the whole country? What big company uses a distribution list for the entire company that's so intuitive that a spammer could just guess it? IDIOTS!
     
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  2. #12

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    Nice rant :)

    Edit: Thanks for doing a public survey about how many internet ignorant people exist in one corporation.
    I keep hoping ppl will become more savvy as the years go by but apparently this planet is not in danger of being overrun with geniuses.

    ps, love the title of this thread. "Huge displays of idiocy" are visible all around us, regularly. It is only rarely that one indulges in a bit of a rant. It feels good to vent once in a while.
     
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  3. Markd77

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    The most spam I ever got was when an alias for my email address was set up as mark@mycompany.com
    I was getting hundreds a day all sent to a list of common names like john@mycompany.com, etc.
    Funny thing was that no one in IT would admit to setting up the alias.
     
  4. KJ6EAD

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    I used to get a lot of spam on one personal account until I created a filter that blocks mass distributions. Only messages addressed to me, and only me get through. If I'm just one of many on a list it goes to the spam folder. I've told my friends not to send me jokes and other amusing time wasters they find or get sent to them.

    When I worked at a big multinational corporation, I blacklisted the site services department since they were generating large quantities of bulk email to promote various extracurricular activities, charitable events and other non-work-related nonsense.
     
  5. #12

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    I always have at least 4 email addresses and stay ready to abandon any one of them in a New York minute. BFF's get one, commercial accounts get another one, "you must register your email to see this site" gets a different one, and there's still one or two that I haven't used.

    Same thing with my low-limit internet credit card. One hiccup and it's cancelled.
     
  6. maxpower097

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    What would you say if I told you all those accounts were tied to an IP address they were registered at or used at, then put into a database of the person that owns that IP address. So while you have these secret email accounts, the gov and google have them and know exactly which house is using them.
     
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  7. #12

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    I would say I'm not worried about the government or google sending mail to my house address.
     
  8. Sparky49

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    I couldn't care less if the government knows what my ip adress is and where I live.

    Jeeze Louise...
     
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  9. #12

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    What would maxpower say if I told him everybody knows the government can get any information it wants?

    You look like an internet troll when you say things like this, like you are trying to get people to have an emotional reaction to things that are common knowledge.
     
  10. maxpower097

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    I would agree because I helped em do it. About trolling, I've been a member nearly 2 years longer then you, and have 1/3 the posts. Does't look like I'm the troll. :)
     
  11. #12

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    Number of posts or the time one has been posting on forums doesn't define, "troll".
    The first definition on this page does.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll

    and while i'm at it, "Doesn't look like I'm the troll." suggests that somebody called you a troll and you are calling that someone a troll.
    That is, in itself, a form of trolling. I wish you wouldn't say things that make you look like a troll.
     
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  12. R!f@@

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    So...who's the idiot ?
     
  13. maxpower097

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    I refuse to acknowledge the "Urban Dictionary" as a legit source. But if I did I would say its more 1b.
     
  14. #12

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    Again, you pretending that I called you a troll. I accept that you can't tell the difference between, "When you say things like that it makes you look like a troll" and, "You are a troll", but I still refuse to react to the bait.

    http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Troll+%28computing%29
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll
    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/troll
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Troll?s=t
    http://foldoc.org/troll
    http://catb.org/jargon/html/T/troll.html

    and for the final word: (see next post)
     
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  15. maxpower097

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    Wow you gotta lot of time on your hands. And I accept your word play doesn't change anything. Its like you can't tell the difference when you post stupid posts like this trying to bait me your actually acting like the Troll. I dunno who you are, I could care less who you are, so why do you keep on posting insinuating I'm a troll? Get a cat dude, cmon.
     
  16. Wendy

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    Be nice. Sometimes tis better to let it go than to respond.

    Some of us (myself included) really like it here. I don't have too much time on my hands, I just enjoy supporting worthwhile causes.

    "Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time" - no clue who wrote that.
     
  17. strantor

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    That quote has to be at least 30 years old. Whoever said it never saw early-30's adolescent who played video games for 25 years straight.
     
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  18. #12

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    LOL!

    Good example.
     
  19. strantor

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    of? being a troll? :confused: Am I being pulled into a troll trifecta?:D
     
  20. #12

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    Good example of why Bill's old adage doesn't seem as applicable as it was 30 years ago.
    However, I can understand how you might have mistaken my comment as insinuating that you're a troll ;)

    Please accept my apologies.
     
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