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  1. This is a “that’s all there is”. Amnewsia sounds like amnesia and describes getting newsletters you don’t remember signing up for. That’s all there is.

  2. Spamnesia is receiving email from a company you’ve never heard of with the disclaimer like: “You have received this email because you are an XYZ customer or inquired about XYZ” to maintain the fantasy that they are operating legally.

  3. I hate that companies are dishonest. When I sign up for a access to a service or “register” a product (not at all a legal requirement for warranty service, despite what they try to insinuate), I’m willing to hear from the company/organization occasionally. What I want are:

    1. Discounts and notices of sales
    2. Updates on new features of significance
    3. Notices of recalls or firmware upgrades.

    What I don’t want is spam about every product or service even if it isn’t remotely related to what I want.

    I don’t remember the company, but I remember recently cancelling an unending spam stream. I got a spam just about every damn day. Oh, wait, I just remembered. It was the nearby spa where my wife treated me to a massage which was very relaxing and totally legit. I’d be happy to receive a discount for ten bucks off every now and then. Was not happy to get daily spam, none of which was a ten-dollar off coupon.

    i remember one time, in the old days of the Internet, I was getting a bunch of spam from a company I did not recognize and the unsubscribe button had no effect. So, I did a little research and found a few e-mail addresses on their site. There were the ones for support, info, sales, marketing, etc. Generic department e-mails. There were also a few for individuals. From these, I was able to suss out the e-mail address convention they used. Several executives were named on the “about us” page. Their e-mails weren’t posted, but I took a guess at them. So, from then on, every time I got a spam from this company, I’d forward it to all the department inboxes, the people who had e-mails posted on the site, and to the inboxes of all the execs. I advised that as long as I got unwanted e-mail from them, they’d be getting it too. I think I only had to do this twice.

  4. The reason that spam e-mails continue to exist is because they are effective, in that they provide more income than the marginal (next to nothing) cost of generating them. This goes for product advertisements, as well as those insane “inheritance” schemes. Even if only a microscopic percentage of the people who receive the spam actually respond to the ad (or scam), the perpetrators make enough money from them to fund the whole operation. If they were not, they would stop doing it.

  5. And this person probably didn’t sign up for it, but they unsubscribed to a prior solicitation, which gave the prior solicitors a known active email address to sell to other solicitors.

  6. Apparently she’s struggling to remember if she signed up for these emails. Why? She’s on the unsubscribe page, so clearly she doesn’t want them. Just check any box and click OK. There are plenty of other things in life to stress over.

  7. I have my email set to exclusive, so anything from an address not in my address list goes to the spam folder. I glance over that once a day or so to see if anything looks like it should be read.

  8. For a few bucks a year, you can buy a domain and use a mail forwarder (I use tierra.net for both the domain and the forwarder). Then you can use custom addresses for each store: sears@, united@, etc. Then when you get spam, you know who sold you out or got breached. Like, I started getting spam email to jcpenney@; contacted them, pointing out that either (a) they’d sold me out to someone sleazy or (b) they were changing their biz model to include ED pills. Never heard back, of course, but changed the address *on the JCP site* to jcpenney2@, blackholed the old address, problem solved.

    I’ve been doing this for 20 years. Bonus: if I change ISPs, I change forwards, nothing else.

    tierra.net allows global forward, too, so I have most stuff going to one mailbox, specific stuff going elsewhere. So when I add BobsHamsterShack@, I don’t have to go to tierra.net and do anything.

    I still save all my spam, do analysis every year or so, looking for heavy hitters, change addresses+blackhole if needed, or yell at folks.

  9. @beckoningchasm – she would care which box because she doesn’t want to get some company in trouble with their mail management because she forgot that she’d signed up for the newsletter. However, if she didn’t do so, she would like to get the company in trouble with their service.

  10. Years ago in the much earlier days of email and when we still stayed in hotels (before we had bed bugs) I had opened an email address just for hotel reservations when they insisted they could only email the reservation to me. (In addition to keeping not giving them one of my “real” email addresses, I had an “f” in the email addresses and everyone heard it as “s” if I told them it over the phone, so I left the “f” out of this email address.

    Over the past decade we no longer use it for hotels, but it was convenient for me to use when I had to give an email address over the phone to someone. All of a sudden I started getting constant emails at that address from places I had never heard of. So, it no longer exists as my email as I shut it down.

    Basically emails go to different addresses for me to make it easier – I have one for clients, one for family and close family, one for going online, one for my embroidery group and one for my reenactment unit – well two each for the last two – one is for me and one is for contacts to each group.

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