Spam Me Gently
By Tim Caynes on Feb 08, 2008
I normally get a reasonable amount of unsolicited offers for make her saTisfy you wanT prescription cheap online! and insurance I will never need via email. They even filter through the sun.com domain occasionally - congratulations to them - but they are, almost without exception, meaningless twaddle or borderline abusive. What a nice surprise then that this morning I got 38 emails forwarded from a) the blogs.sun.com comment system and b) the sun.com postmaster replying to bounces from the comment system sending to people who don't work here anymore, that were all rather, well, polite in their spamness.
I'm sure others got them, although I didn't check, and Igor was kind enough to let me know what was going on, but the basic message was something like "thanks you very much". There were a couple of variants, like "That is nice", or "thank you admin", but overall, there wasn't anything unpleasant in there. They were only trying to generate traffic back to their domains, bless 'em. I was kind of glad to help out, since they asked so nicely. Of course, after a few minutes, I rang Scotland Yard, replied to the sender with some vicious cease-and-desist, blocked their IP and did a reverse DDOS spam bucket mangle attack, which brought down the entire internet connection of Turkey, after which I felt better. Then I sent then a nice message saying "thanks you for your spam".
I didn't really do all that, of course. I'm a designer, not a programmer or a system administrator. I just looked at the comment system and thought "that's table cell's not aligned correctly".
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