This is just lazy.

I’ve been getting a lot of these lately…

…and on those occasions when I looked to see what sort of content they’re selling trying to get me to advertise for free, it’s always just a bunch of clickbait I’d resent being tricked into reading and that I’m certainly not going to foist on anyone at my own frickin’ blog.

But it’s especially lazy when the content they’re pushing doesn’t even have a damned thing to do with the blog, because they (or some robot) are/is just going down a list of addresses. And I have to sort it out of my emails – I’ll bet that for a person who actually gets a lot of emails it can become a problem.

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8 Responses to This is just lazy.

  1. Mike says:

    Crap like this was a big factor when I decided to end my blog.

  2. ExpatNJ says:

    “I’m certainly not going to foist on anyone at my own frickin’ blog.”

    Good man, Joel.

  3. B says:

    Post HIS email. I bet a bunch of your readers might be willing to return the favor for you….

  4. Zendo Deb says:

    I find they don’t understand the idea of “Don’t call us; we’ll call you.” So then I end up bringing them up short with a one-word answer. “No.” (I want to preface that with a 4-letter-word starting with “F” but I usually restrain myself.)

  5. Norman says:

    I have advocated for, and still do, a statutory change allowing payment of bounties for the unattached heads of robocallers, spammers and telemarketers; a gummint office in each major metropolitan area doling out $10K per would constitute, briefly, an ad-hoc growth industry and rid the world of what has become a modern day scourge. While many offenders are situated outside the U.S., one could easily pay for first class plane fare to Nowhereistan and a 5 star hotel, or whatever “best” is offered, with minimal effort.

    While we’re waiting for that, I notice an added feature in recently released iOS 13 from Apple: there’s now a switch that provides examination of each incoming call and compares the numerical ID to one’s in-phone contact list and, should it fail to find a match, one’s phone doesn’t ring and the call is routed directly to voicemail. The attempt is silently listed in the “recent calls” category to allow adding it to the contacts and/or a quick return call, should it be needed.

    Thank you, Apple, for making my phone usable again. Now, if you could add that feature to the knocker on my front door and include coverage for television commercials I’ll gladly submit your name to the Nobel peace prize committee.

  6. Joel says:

    Really? I must research that at once. I have a standing policy of never answering any telephone call where the caller isn’t clearly ID’d as entered in my Contacts list. Anyone else may leave a voicemail, which I will address in the fullness of time. Unfortunately scammers are even wise to that, as I do occasionally get voicemails from a helpful robot voice informing me of a problem with my SS number and urging me to call back immediately.

    But even I, whose telephone may not legitimately ring for weeks at a time, am up to at least one scam or spam call a day. At Least. I can’t even imagine what normal people who actually use telephone for its original use must go through.

    So if there’s a setting that will prevent all non-ID’d calls from even ringing, I will punch that button with gusto.

  7. Norman says:

    I’m running an iPhone 8 with iOS 13.1.3 (I just noticed there’s an update to 13.2.3 available).

    In 13.1.3. go to “Settings,” Select “Phone,” scroll down to “Silence Unknown Callers.” Set the slider to green and delightful non-irritating silence will return. No ringy, no notifications, but the number will be in “Recents” if one is curious. “Block Caller” – IIRC – was there before as a scroll-down on the call info. Neat thing about “Silence Unknown Callers” is it’s automagic and you don’t have to do anything. Lately I’ve been getting a bunch daily from a variety of different numbers in the 469 area code (Dallas area) and the only way I know about it is if I look in Recents. And, since I never turned voice jail on for this phone everyone gets the “there is no voice mail set up for this user” message. That doesn’t work for everyone, but my phone, my money, my time, I’ll choose who to talk to and when.

    The downside to “Silence Unknown Callers” is if someone new calls whom you do want to speak to, unless you look at Recents you won’t know it because they’re not in your Contacts, so referrals all land there. Makes keeping your Contacts up to date somewhat important.

  8. It was once pretty common knowledge that one should never open attachments from unsolicited emails. I think in these times that could as well be extended to visiting any link/s within an unsolicited email.

    I would also add that I can think of at least 3 ‘pro-liberty’ internet writers who’ve had their website email address books compromised. This would mean that suspicious emails/links from relatively trusted sources should be examined carefully. In all of the above cases the emails were obviously spoofed – but that’s not hard to change if one has the time and the motive.

    If you have confidence that you’ve a ‘hardened’ system – then by all means – check random links in unsolicited emails. In 99% of cases they’re just clickbait links – but websites have been compromised and salted with malicious pages that the site owner’s not aware of – not to mention people who intentionally plant malicious webpages within domains they own/manage.

    Via it’s own scripted webpages major domains (like already deliver nuisance-ware (browser hi-jacks-fake A/V warnings) within their adverts.

    Maybe I should just assume all of Joel’s readers – and Joel – already knew to be careful out there. But in case not – I just thought I’d mention it before someone hijacks a machine and puts it to mining bitcoins or such.

To the stake with the heretic!