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Email from a stranger

December 10, 2008 @ 09:30 By: gordon Category: General

Update (24 June 2010): In response to a polite request from the owner of the email account in question, I have decided to redact the offending email address from this entry.

It’s amazing what some people will say to a complete stranger via email.  For example, I received the following yesterday evening:

From: [redacted]

Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 21:58

Subject: ott.forsale is dead, dude

as the title reads … stick you charter up a crev-ass

As far as I know I have never met [redacted].  While I am responsible for posting the various ott.* newsgroup charters, I don’t post one for ott.forsale because it’s not an official ott.* newsgroup. (It was replaced many years ago by three more focused groups, but some poorly managed news servers still list it.)

To [redacted], I say this: enjoy the spam, dude.

4 Responses to “Email from a stranger”


  1. [redacted] says:

    this is my email address, (and my family name!!) this is not a posting / email that i have made. i am unsure why this posting appears on your website !! please remove this information, and it isn’t something that i am responsible for. btw; i have no clue who you are either, so pleassssse remove what you have here. thank you.

    • gordon says:

      I went back and looked at the message and it appears to have originated from a Sympatico IP address. There were two messages from your email address, actually. The other one was about three months prior to the one I quoted above, but it wasn’t quite as rude.

      Perhaps someone else in your household sent the message without your knowledge?

      • [redacted] says:

        i am a responsible net user, and a considerate one. this is very upsetting to me, friend. i have no idea who you are; what ott is, what a charter is, nor why anyone in our household, or anyone with access to my computer at my business would care. i am completely befuddled by all of this. i would simply ask that you be fair to my situation and remove the link. the material you are referencing is what, two years old or something? i don’t know what this is all about. what i do know is that i don’t want someone googling my name or my email address and referencing your posting. regards in advance, and thank you.

        • gordon says:

          Fair enough. I’ll redact your name and email address from the entry.

          ott is the name of a hierarchy of newsgroups related to Ottawa. My guess is that someone with access to your computer posted a message in one of the ott.* newsgroups that ran afoul of the ‘bot that enforces the charters of the newsgroups and didn’t like the fact that their message would have been cancelled as a result.



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