Recently a customer registered at Conspicuous Chicks Corner, but when I attempted to contact them at the email address they supplied, I received this little nugget:
I apologize for this automatic reply to your email.
To control spam, I now allow incoming messages only from senders I have approved beforehand.
If you would like to be added to my list of approved senders, please fill out the short request form (see link below). Once I approve you, I will receive your original message in my inbox. You do not need to resend your message. I apologize for this one-time inconvenience.
Click the link below to fill out the request:
I refrained from posting the url for obvious reasons. This is not the first time I have encountered this, and I can’t really can’t recall if the other occassions were also earthlink accounts or not, but – THIS IS THE STUPIDEST FUCKING THING I’VE EVER HEARD OF.
As a customer, you’re coming to my e-store to place an order. You’re providing me with the means to contact you should there be a problem, question, situation, or issue. Just how the hell am I supposed to do that if you’ve got this DUMBASS system in place?
Sure, I could fill out the damned request form (because I have nothing better to do, right?), but odds are, you won’t approve me because you won’t recognize it as someone you know. Therefore, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTACT YOU.
Can you see why this might be a problem??
If you’re so concerned about spam,
1. USE SPAM FILTERS. That’s what the rest of us do. Most of them actually learn as they go, so the more messages you label as spam, the less will ultimately get through to you.
2. SET UP AN ALTERNATE EMAIL ACCOUNT! Use it for newsletters, mailing groups, shopping, etc. There are tons of free accounts – gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc. FIND ONE.
3. DON’T DOWNLOAD SHITE OFF THE INTERNET UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT THE HELL YOU’RE DOING! This is how you end up with spyware, adware and billions of pieces of spam.
4. RUN ANTI-ADWARE/SPYWARE SOFTWARE! Again, you can find these programs for FREE.
There are just some people who should not be allowed to own computers….