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Everyone Spam

Any message that begins with:

This message is NOT SPAM. You are being contacted because you set up a free photo account at EveryoneSmile.com.

is probably not telling the truth. In this case, however, I am guilty as charged, having wanted to look at photos from the reunion last year.

The College had promised that “[w]hen signing up, you will be able to opt in or out of EveryoneSmile e-mails and promotions”. Of course, I shouldn’t believe everything that I read on the web. I opted out, but to no avail.

I hope that the College will just post the pictures, as it did a few years ago. Why does it have to be any more complicated than that?

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#1 Comment By Eric Smith ’99 On January 18, 2005 @ 9:18 pm

Incidentally, that is illegal what they (EveryoneSmile.com) did.

That said, there is the loophole which allows you to claim a brief/reasonable downtime in the functionality of the process for removing subscribers (the “remove me now function”).

They also have to include a method in the e-mail for getting removed. Even if it is a “click here” to a page on their site, which then does it.

If you can’t get removed, then contact them and let them know about it – if you get a bounced e-mail, then save it. If they respond, then you have some arbitrary “reasonable” amount of time for them to address the problem and then after which you would have a pretty good shot against them in court if you could get an ISP to go after them.

Hmm, not nearly as simple as you would hope I guess.

I used to run an anti-spam blog and saw this stuff constantly.