It Turns Out Plenty Of People Reply To DoNotReply.com

from the reading-comprehension-skills dept

It's always amusing when errant emails get sent around. For example, we still get plenty of emails every day from people angry at Amazon.com for the way Amazon signs people up for their Amazon Prime program (the way it's billed on credit cards, we're the first Google search on the name, and people who don't read, somehow think that we, at Techdirt, billed them). Slashdot points us to an amusing article about the guy who owns DoNotReply.com, which is now set up as a blog highlighting some of the more ridiculous emails he gets. The reason he gets so many emails is many systems just put "donotreply" in the "from" field, and people still reply -- and it all goes to this guy. Most interesting is that he's given up explaining this to people (except in a few exceptional cases), because they tend to just get angry at him.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Mar 2008 @ 2:07am

    What the hell is with people like Rose and Anne? What do your comments have to do with the article whatsoever?!

    Anyway, there is no reason to use "donotreply.com" in an address. Those mail administrators should be shot in the face. If you don't want to accept replies, set it to 'donotreply' in the user and append your domain as the host part. Then don't create an actual account on your server that uses that name and all of those messages will bounce or be dumped. Problem solved.

    So really, as dumb as it is that people might reply to these messages - the administrator's responsible for creating those emails are far stupider.

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