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by Mike Masnick


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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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    PaulT (profile), 27 Mar 2008 @ 4:42am

    @AC #7

    Please read the article before complaining about people not doing the same. FTA:

    "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)."

    THAT is what Anne, Rose, etc. were referring to, dumbass.

    Anyway, I read about the donotreply.com issue a few days ago and you're right with the rest of your post. It's quite amusing to me, and just another example of people trying to blame the messenger for their own incompetence. No competent sysadmin would use a 3rd party domain for message replies, they would set up e.g. donotreply@theirdomain.com and then set the address to redirect to /dev/null.

    Since they're too stupid to do that, the owner of donotreply.com is well within his rights to point out the incompetence of the companies involved. The companies should just count their lucky stars that the guy receiving the emails is honest and not interested in selling them on to identity thieves and the like.

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