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Re: Good Grief!
From David Jacobs at INTENEX -- Information Technologies Nexus on 04 August '98
adding to Good Grief! posted by Jim

>Anybody who talks about my Refer Me script in association with
>spam, either:

>a) Has not bothered to read the documentation properly, or

>b) Is too plain stupid to understand it

They hadn't actually seen the script, I had just described what it does.

>What the people in your newsgroup are saying is that if your
>own friend (somebody you actually know) was to send you a plain
>email message saying "Hey, David, check out this site..." That
>would also be spam because you didn't ask your friend to send
>you the email. It's the same principle.

No, they are saying that if my own enemy chose to bomb me with the script, the fault would be on the script writer. This is ridiculous, but with the zero tolerance that exists today, I'm skeptical that ISP's and others would fully take the time to investigate the matter before taking action. They would blame the one who sent the email--that is, the one who's return address appears on it.

>Sorry, but when people make judgements on things they don't
>understand, it's called ignorance. I was the first person ever
>to use this script - I wrote it - and to date, the number of
>complaints I've had is zero. If you try it, you'll see that it
>can't possibly be considered spam.

I totally agree, I just wanted feedback on the possibilites of those with punitive powers thinking otherwise.

>My last comment: if you're worried about it, don't use it. Have you
>ever heard the term "looking a gift horse in the mouth"?

: )

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