OT: Spam - Solar Powered Viagra?

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Richard Bates, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. So, what *is* the connection between posting in a solar power
    discussion forum, and subsequently receiving spam trying to sell me
    Viagra?

    Answers on a postcard (of any size) please.

    --
    Jesus was apparently betrayed by 8.3% of his disciples.
     
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  2. Mark McNeill

    Mark McNeill Guest

    Response to Richard Bates:
    > So, what *is* the connection between posting in a solar power
    > discussion forum, and subsequently receiving spam trying to sell me
    > Viagra?


    Viagra's been superseded, apparently - I can't wait to try Gouranga.
    Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga! That which brings the *highest* happiness!!

    At least, according to a gentleman who wrote to me a day or so ago.


    --
    Mark, UK.

    "Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows
    in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without
    knowing whether popery was a man or a horse."
     
  3. Tony Raven

    Tony Raven Guest

    Richard Bates wrote:
    > So, what *is* the connection between posting in a solar power
    > discussion forum, and subsequently receiving spam trying to sell me
    > Viagra?
    >
    > Answers on a postcard (of any size) please.
    >


    You make the error of believing spam is targeted marketing. It isn't.
    They just hope that if they can e-mail everyone on the planet, one
    person might buy their product. The posting just gave them one more
    e-mail address towards that target. And the reason they keep e-mailing
    is some moron somewhere _is_ buying.

    Tony
     
  4. Tosspot

    Tosspot Guest

    Richard Bates wrote:

    > So, what *is* the connection between posting in a solar power
    > discussion forum, and subsequently receiving spam trying to sell me
    > Viagra?
    >
    > Answers on a postcard (of any size) please.


    They just trawl for valid addies. A nicely munged one helps, a good
    spam filter gets the rest. It's still annoying to have to do this to
    get your in-box useable though.
     
  5. On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 16:20:24 +0100, Tosspot <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Richard Bates wrote:
    >
    >> So, what *is* the connection between posting in a solar power
    >> discussion forum, and subsequently receiving spam trying to sell me
    >> Viagra?
    >>
    >> Answers on a postcard (of any size) please.

    >
    >They just trawl for valid addies. A nicely munged one helps, a good
    >spam filter gets the rest. It's still annoying to have to do this to
    >get your in-box useable though.


    I know how it works, and how to stop it, I was just posing a question,
    hoping to get some humourous answers ...

    --
    Jesus was apparently betrayed by 8.3% of his disciples.
     
  6. Tony Raven

    Tony Raven Guest

    Richard Bates wrote:
    > On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 16:20:24 +0100, Tosspot <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Richard Bates wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>So, what *is* the connection between posting in a solar power
    >>>discussion forum, and subsequently receiving spam trying to sell me
    >>>Viagra?
    >>>
    >>>Answers on a postcard (of any size) please.

    >>
    >>They just trawl for valid addies. A nicely munged one helps, a good
    >>spam filter gets the rest. It's still annoying to have to do this to
    >>get your in-box useable though.

    >
    >
    > I know how it works, and how to stop it, I was just posing a question,
    > hoping to get some humourous answers ...
    >


    OK. It helps the sun rise for a long hard day.

    That do?

    Tony
     
  7. On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 16:20:24 +0100, Tosspot <[email protected]>
    wrote in message <[email protected]>:

    >They just trawl for valid addies. A nicely munged one helps, a good
    >spam filter gets the rest. It's still annoying to have to do this to
    >get your in-box useable though.


    The Rector sounded almost disappointed that the flood of bored
    housewives whose affections were being advertised for his
    consideration were, to a woman, an ocean away...

    At least he had the presence of mind not to click the "unsubscribe"
    link. Well done that cleric.

    Guy
    --
    "then came ye chavves, theyre cartes girded wyth candels
    blue, and theyre beastes wyth straynge horn-lyke thyngs
    onn theyre arses that theyre fartes be herde from myles
    around." Chaucer, the Sheppey Tales
     
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