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Rant of the Week - Spammers (07/02/200

By tcavadias Staff ·
Here we all are once again ready and willingly to listen to me rant, whine (yes, I will take some cheese with that), stomp my little foot and just give my little feeble opinion (as little as that opinion may be) :-)

I had originally started to write about "changes" - enlight of the new web design. Not about the design itself per se, but more about reflection based on "changes".

However, I decided to change that last minute, and start all over from scratch and go with spam and spammers instead.

So here it is - short and sweet, with a little Grey Poupon and crackers on the side.

I know on any given day even with the best filters in place, all measures that one can take to keep spam/spammers out of their email boxes, some spam still manages to get through. I don't tend to receive very much in my main email accounts (one for work and one for family/friends), since I use alternate email addresses for things like ordering online, subscribing to newsletters and joining forum boards. Along with the alternative email addresses, I also use filters, I don't click on the "unsubscribe" link in email received (they don't need confirmation from me that yes this is a valid email address) and report anything I receive to my ISP. For me, this works at cutting down the spam received in my main accounts. I'm sure each of you have your own way of combating spam/spammers, as that really is what it is - combat but without the combat pay.

While there are *laws* (Can-Spam) that are suppose to help deter spam/spammers they are a joke.

Such as:

- Requiring an "unsubscribe" link? Yeah right, like I'm going to click on it so they know my email address is valid? Besides, I shouldn't have to click on anything, as I shouldn't have gotten that spam email to begin with.

- I bought such and such item so their third parties now have a relation with me so they can now send me spam as well? No! If I wanted your product I would have searched you out to begin with.

- Legal recourse? Yeah right, big companies may have the ability to hunt down spammers, but what about the little guy?

Spam/spammers though isn't just a problem in email, its also a problem in forum boards, chat rooms and IM's.

It's a problem that will continue as long as the money is there, as that is what it mostly boils back down to - Dollar signs. I say mostly, as some of the spam received is for other *benefits* - i.e. the girl in the chatroom trying to pick up any guy over the age of 13 who can fulfill her every fantasy. Course some of you may not consider this spam, but I do when it's unwanted and the chatroom isn't called - Fantasies-R-Us.

What more should the government(s) (yes, I said government, shame on me) be doing? How about the companies that own the forum boards, chatrooms, and IM's? How about the ISP's?

What more can *we* do about it? How do you deter spam/spammers?

Yes, I know I probably just opened up a whole bag of worms, but that's ok, I have my fishing line out and some spam sounds good tonight (with a little Grey Poupon to cover the bitter taste)

-Tammy :-)

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You said it yourself $

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Rant of the Week - Spamme ...

It's no accident it's rife, that anti-spam is a thriving industry and that attempts at legislation are hamstrung fom the get go.

Follow that money, it will lead back to some very 'legitimate' players.

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But I LOVE them!

by jdclyde In reply to Rant of the Week - Spamme ...

It is fun when you are out with your friends and order a round of Amaretto slammers. mmmmm. Good stuff.

Wouldn't want to drink a lot of them, mind you, but a few here or there is fine!

I think you just need to open your mind to new possibilities! Amaretto slammers go nicely with tequila. B-)

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and I Love IT!

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to But I LOVE them!

Sometimes I crave pork shoulder.

speaking of Slammers... ever try an Alabama Slammer?

1 oz. Southern Comfort
1 oz. Amaretto
1/2 oz. Sloe Gin
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice (preferably fresh)

Combine So-Co, Amaretto, and Sloe Gin in a shaker with ice. Serve over ice in a Rocks glass or straight up in a Shot Glass.

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not a fan

by jdclyde In reply to and I Love IT!

of sloe gin. lets just say, we are not good friends right now.... a bad night of drinking sloe screws.... :0

the comfort on the other hand used to be my "kick start". I didn't get out of work until about 10:30pm, so my buds would already have at least an hour on me. So I would order my kick start and the bartender would line up four shots of southern and a glass of sprite at the end. I was caught up, NOW! B-)

Back in the daze when I would drink my paycheck, before I had kids.

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What are you talking about?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to not a fan

Slammers are those little hamburgers Ruby Tuesday's sells. You eat them, not drink them, and they wouldn't be any good with sloe gin or SC on them.

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by jdclyde In reply to What are you talking abou ...

"slam" my food, only alcoholic beverages...

Slow down and chew your food. If you go to a place with better tasting food, you wouldn't HAVE to slam it down fast!

rootbeer slammers are kind of tasty... B-)

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Why not have the original....

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to What are you talking abou ...

... Sliders from White Castle.

A sack full on the way home around midnight is a great way to cap off the evening. Unfortunately, the reconstituted onions make me an outcast the next day.

Hmmmm.... sliders with a Sloe Gin au jus.... a new taste treat. On second thought, maybe Ameretto would be better.

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Billy, you know better than that.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Why not have the original ...

You show me a White Castle restaurant in South Carolina and lunch is on me. No, the frozen ones at the Pig don't count.

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If you have Crystal's...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Billy, you know better th ...

you got the equivalent of.

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Yea... what was I thinkin'?

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Billy, you know better th ...

I'll be in Detroit again next month.

... now adding 'Slider's' to the list of things I need to pick up.

Want any? I'm buyin'.

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