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Shame on whom?

Filed under: Uncategorized — codeman38 @ 5:25 pm

As most of you probably know, the e-mail address I use for submissions to the Proofreader’s Hall of Shame (and yes, I realize it drastically needs to be updated) is

However, when spammers get a hold of that particular address, hilarity quite often ensues. I received a spam today with the subject line of:

“shame,Now – Powerful Anti-Aging Breakthrough”

I don’t know why, but for some reason, I find that oddly amusing…

Oh, and a note to spammers: For reasons of security, many of us geeks either use e-mail clients that cannot display images at all or set our mail clients’ preferences so that they will not display any images. I do both; I use Pine frequently while telnetting into my school account, and I have Mozilla set not to display hotlinked images in e-mails. If you really want to sell something to us, try including some actual readable text in your messages; it’s generally a lot more persuasive than a lone string of incomprehensible gibberish.

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