Techlicious: The Best Way to Stop Spam and Unwanted Email

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By Kara Trivunovic for Techlicious

In July, my family celebrated the Serbian Orthodox holiday Slava. As we prepared for dinner, the priest came to our house and blessed the food and our home. The preparation for his arrival typically includes a candle, red wine, a list of residents in the house and the traditional bread that my mother-in-law makes and decorates. This year, as I handed him all the “tools,” he asked for one more thing” my email address.

Wait? What? Why? Feeling put on the spot and not entirely sure I could really say “no,” I obliged. So what happens now? It seems that there is a lot the church wants to share, so now, I get email daily, sometimes multiple times in one day. Since I have made a career working in the email marketing space, I understand the desire to reach his parish via email, but c’mon!

Think about your email inbox for a moment (I know, it isn’t always the most fun thing to do) and what do you find in there?

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6 thoughts on “Techlicious: The Best Way to Stop Spam and Unwanted Email

  1. “The Best Way To Stop Spam” sounded like a really good article with some teeth in it, but alas, it was very weak. Also, what about the unsolicited spam we get every day?

    I spam them back with a 20MB file of pictures about 50 times. Keep a list of the spammers email addresses and spam ’em all every time you get more spam.

    I have several computers, and get them all sending 20MB emails for several hours on their own, until the spammer’s email boxes go over quota. Result: they’re shut down temporarily until they clear the spam problem. Ha.

    • Many of the ISPs have a “This is Spam” button which confuses the issue because it doesn’t automatically unsubscribe you from all lists and makes it more difficult for legitimate senders to get their emails to other recipients. I can tell you from personal experience that a large percentage of people mark our newsletter as “spam” rather than unsubscribing, even though they explicitly signed up for it.

      So what is obvious to you, is not obvious to many others.

      • And what about the malicious spam where clicking the unsubscribe button is the last thing you should do? Whatever way you come at it from this is a stupidly useless article.

        • The purpose of the article was to make people aware that the best way to unsubscribe from marketing or other communications from the Gap or newsletters you just don’t want to read anymore is not to hit the “This is Spam” button, but to unsubscribe. Many people don’t understand this. If you do, that’s great.

          Most true spam is getting filtered pretty well by email providers nowadays, and you hardly ever see “unsubscribe” options in spam because spammers really don’t care about validating email addresses. Thanks to botnets, it costs them nothing to send out billions of emails, so why bother?

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