Every time I think the anti spam hysteria has gone as far as
they can to make marketer’s lives miserable, they prove me wrong
and push the envelope even further.
The sad part of this problem is there are so many marketers that
sympathize with them. One well know marketer has even gone so
far as to compare myself, and other marketers who feel this
situation has gotten out of hand, to the X-Files.
I really have to laugh at the pot calling the kettle black.
Here are two incidents from one day that will show how absurd
this situation has become.
I received an email from one of my subscribers complaining they
were unable to remove themselves from my list. I emailed them
and let them know I would contact my list provider and do my
best to have the situation corrected as quickly as humanly
I also asked them to please let me know if they received future
mailings so I could find out why support hadn’t corrected the
What was their response?
I received an email two days later. You are still sending me
emails and if it keeps up I’ll have to report you as a spammer.
Amazing! How understanding, how charitable.
Imagine the rush it must give someone to be able to hold a sword
over my head. Imagine their feeling of power.
Well I’m sorry to disappoint everyone, but I wouldn’t care if
they held a gun to my head, the situation was beyond my control
and their efforts would be better served making their business
Ah! The X-Files get even thicker!!
On that same day I receive an email to my abuse department.
I don’t have an abuse department, but nobody said these groups
were populated by geniuses.
The story even gets better. They were emailing me to report a
spam complaint against a fellow publisher.
Maybe it’s me, but it seems slightly foolish to send a complaint
1. A Non existent spam department.
2. Asking a board member of E-crucible to reprimand a fellow
Wait here’s the kicker!!
I should punish him because one of my articles was in his
I must be dumb as a stump. I never considered punishing a
publisher for running my articles.
Whoa Daddy!! I’m an X-Filer and they’re the politically correct,
sane, rational masters of the internet.
If these are the geniuses ruling the web, I’m more than
satisfied being the dullest ax in the shed.
I owe them a debt of gratitude. Every time I find myself
becoming too complacent, they send one of these foolish threats
and get my blood flowing.
In the words of Pat Benatar, “Hit me with your best shot, fire
I’m content being the “Unforgiven,”
Wishing You Success, John Colanzi