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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

MOL (Morons Online)

To borrow a line from Red Green from The Red Green Show: You need to get a license to have a gun, but they'll let anyone use the internet...

OK! It has to stop: since yesterday I've been getting emails from other buyers of Apple stuff responding to a list (a fucking LIST, you idiots) e-newsletter, saying that they want to stop receiving the info. It's a fucking list, Chuan, A. Suresh and Wee Keong! (I'm pissed off enough that I'm not about to care about naming you idiots now.) Respond to the instructions at the bottom how to unsubscribe to the list.


"Quando omni flunkus, mortati"


  • At 12:09 AM, September 01, 2005, Blogger wahj said…

    I received the same three emails. At first I thought it was a virus at first. But it might be more depressing than that.

    Odds are that the first person made the mistake of replying to the entire list, but that the second and third continued this simply because they saw the first email. As in "oh yeah, somebody's done it, so it must be the right way to do this". Or (even more depressingly) the second email (which read "please stop emailing me") was a person just as unhappy as you and I that he'd received inadvertant spam, but who then also "just hit reply".

    I've seen this happen once at work. Imagine a whole chain of mass emails, starting with the inane ones who mass mailed (1st wave), followed by people angrily demanding that that the first group stop mass mailing (2nd wave), followed by a third group unhappy with the second group for themselves mass mailing (3rd wave) ... and all of these morons too stupid to realise they were all mass mailing the entire Ministry of Education.

    Even as I type this, I've just received a 4th email, this time from the 2nd wave - i.e. someone angry with the first group for mass mailing, who has themselves mass mailed their reply.

    Like I said, I thought it was a virus at first ... but this kind of stupidity is a virus of sorts, like mass hysteria ... only dumber.

  • At 8:49 AM, September 01, 2005, Blogger King said…

    i've never had the misfortune of something so stupid happening to me, but its actually quite funny when you think about it. there are actually people retarded enough to do something like that.

  • At 9:50 AM, September 01, 2005, Blogger Tym said…

    I'm on the same email list, so I'm getting the same daft emails. We're more than ten years into using the internet, people! Don't you know how to use mailing lists yet???

    What with this, and the linking brouhaha going on at Tomorrow, I'm tempted to remind people that the internet has unspoken rules that we all need to follow to keep it running smoothly. Gah! Perhaps a blog post later...

    wahj --- I remember when this sort of nonsense transpired at work. I counted something like 38 irate "please remove me from this list" messages sent to the list within a span of something like half an hour.

  • At 11:12 AM, September 01, 2005, Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said…

    Oh I so know what you're feeling. Yes, the exact same scenario that wahj described happened to me, several times. And I'd be sitting at my desk, wondering, how the hell did my company employ such stoopid people?!?!

  • At 11:37 AM, September 01, 2005, Blogger Terz said…

    I think what I'm more upset about is that these are people who bought Apple products and who are morons.

    Why don't they just stick with PCs?

  • At 7:13 PM, September 01, 2005, Blogger Tym said…

    Terz, you snob :P

  • At 9:24 PM, September 01, 2005, Blogger wahj said…

    To be fair, the number of replies (4 so far) is far, far less than previous experience. If we assume that the number of people on the applecentre's mailing list is at least equal to the number of employees in a large organisation, then 4 acts of inexplicable daftness is pretty low.

    All I can say is: praise be for the "Junk mail" feature on Mail that diverts all this nonsense to a separate folder.


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