Now, most of the mail that comes this way is spam. At least it used to be, now that I have some filters in place there's much less of it. I've found that most spam is sent without my address in the To: header (they put it in the "envelope destination" instead), since that would generally require far more resources on the spammer's end. It sucks up just as much of the world's bandwidth, of course, not to mention the collective anger it causes.
Of the remaining mail, about half tends to be spam generated by these web pages. Not by the pages themselves.. ever since I removed the mailto: links that has gone away. But rather spam that comes from the domain name registration. Within weeks of registering lothar.com I had half a dozen bits of mail suggesting for much happier I would be if I had my web site listed by various directory services. I still get a lot of mail assuming that I'm some kind of IT professional who has put together a site solely dedicated towards selling something, and that I wouldn't mind receiving tons of unsolicited mail offering me ways to sell more.
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 03:56:53 +0000 From: "John" <John@Launcher.Com> To: "Brian" <Warner@lothar.com> Subject: Re: The Castle Lothar Brian, Launcher.Com will soon debut a comprehensive new web site directory. We would like to include a free listing for The Castle Lothar. Listing your site for free with Launcher.Com will help thousands of web users more easily find your site. To receive your free listing, please complete and return the entire form below. Thank you. John@Launcher.Com New Listings Coordinator mailto:John@Launcher.ComSigh. The Net isn't about unconscious broadcasts to anyone who might possibly have an interest in what you have to sell. Having machines talk to people isn't at all interesting. Helping people talk to other people is what's cool.
The trickle of personal mail that is actually sent by humans falls into three categories: old friends who don't know my work email address and only remember "um, something about Lothar.." (for which it is handy that I'm also the postmaster and undeliverable lothar mail comes my way too), friends who are telling me to update my web pages because they're so old, and random strangers who see something on my pages that they want to comment on. And most of the last category has tended towards the bizarre...
So, anyway, the mail here hasn't been too interesting. Feel free to send me something better.
Date: Thu, 05 Sep 96 17:22:18 -0500 From: "John W. Warner" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Updates on your life! I think that you ought not wait so long to update you parents (and the rest of the world) about what is happening in your life. Wedding pictures or something! needs to go onto your web page. -- John W. WarnerOk, dad, here you go. Wedding Pictures to your heart's content.
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 96 17:55:08 -0600 From: "John W. Warner" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: (no subject) Pretty dull board. No updates since June! -- John W. Warner
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 1997 21:30:59 -0400 From: Blizzard <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Maison To: email@example.com Subject: marilyn You get the same name that Marilyn Manson get!!! Cool!Hmmm. I got lots of names. Which one does Marilyn got?
From: "Deana Grimm" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: are u manson? Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 16:28:54 PDT Hi! i found your web-page, and you make it sound like your Rev.Marilyn Manson.Well.......are you? stupid question, I know. can you e-mail me back soon? thanx..... (a girl known as) PunxUh huh. It sounds like my Rev. does what exactly? Oh, right, you're. Hmm. That depends. Who is Rev. Marilyn Manson? And of which church are they a reverend?
From: Reaper01@aol.com Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 19:56:37 -0400 (EDT) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: man dude you are lucky you have the same name as marilyn manson if you dont know who he is visit my web site †hêRêàpêr'sHê££HôusêAh, this starts to make sense.. but dude, you're going way overboard on those Latin-1 characters. Yeah, I know they're popular, the new RFCs are letting them go all over the place, even email headers aren't just for ASCII any more. But what exactly are you trying to spell with that URL?
From: "Me " <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: hi Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 19:10:43 -0500 X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.71.1712.3 first of all, dont publicly give oyut ur e mail on the internet. = Second.... are you Marilyn manson? Cause if you are, and that is = Mariyn's real name, then you are on e %$$#ed person. If i met you, i = would just beat the living %^&$ outta you. Enjoy.Charming. "Enjoy" I shall. For more details on this thread, see my Who the hell is this Marilyn Manson character anyway page.