July 31, 2003

Plonk: excl. [Usenet] The sound a newbie makes as he falls to the bottom of a kill file.

Now that we’re in the days of products such as SpamNet, which allow individuals the ability to influence what is considered spam for a wide community—a kind of community killfile, in effect—it’s become commonplace for legitimate commercial mailers to complain that they are being erroneously marked as spam. 

What usually happens is that some users will mark newsletters and mailings that they quite deliberately signed up for, but are now bored with as spam. It’s easier to just hit the “block” button then to bother to unsubscribe.

Then of course, there are otherwise legitimate commercial mailers who just don’t have their act together.

I recently terminated service with my local wireline telephone company (I won’t say the name, but it might rhyme with “duh-risin”).  Naturally, I contined to get e-mail from them afterwords.

Being an upstanding netizen and all, I politely followed the unsubscribe instructions, only to receive the reply:

Your message cannot be delivered to the following recipients:

Original address: (

Reason: Over quota

How nice.  Instead of being an automated unsubscribe routine, it’s a mailbox somewhere.  A full mailbox.  And they wonder why I didn’t want them as my ISP either..

Oh well, I tried.


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One Response to “*plonk*”

  1. Pussy Cat on January 18th, 2004 9:59 pm

    That’s right, blocking the spam is relatively easy, but the problem is how to be sure that with the spam you’re not also blocking some important e-mails? That’s a hard nut to crack.

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