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Option1307 (29.90)

Dear Spammers:

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December 12, 2010 – Comments (17) | RELATED TICKERS: S , PAM

I hate you.

Oh and I don't wish you a Merry Christmas!

 

But at least you're cranking out the profits for Foolanthropy, thanks;)

-Option

17 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 13, 2010 at 12:20 AM, TMFCrocoStimpy (95.48) wrote:

SPAM, Acronym: (S)quirrels, (P)ossum (a)nd (M)ice

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#2) On December 13, 2010 at 12:35 AM, Option1307 (29.90) wrote:

Ha ha ha I like it!

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#3) On December 13, 2010 at 12:37 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.76) wrote:

F.U SPAM

But if I may take this to a more analytical point.

Is'nt spam sometimes used by people who wan't a board all to themselves.

Also is'nt it possible that the spam is created by bears who are pissed because they lost money during the rally.

Just my ten cents :)

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#4) On December 13, 2010 at 1:23 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.76) wrote:

One more point.

The spam started after Alstrys web site was launched.

Now I know he does'nt have the tech knowledge to pull that off, but he hired people to create his website of Chinese knock off crap.

So is'nt it possible that they put in some spam-bots at the same time?

Just Sayin'

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#5) On December 13, 2010 at 2:09 AM, awallejr (82.72) wrote:

Nah we were getting the "hand bag spams" way before.  I agree with the author.  I hate anyone who even buys from these clearly "emerging market" bots and is one of the reasons why I haven't been blogging much anymore here.

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#6) On December 13, 2010 at 2:34 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.76) wrote:

 awallejr

So you hate me because I made the mistake of investing in China.

I've said that this was a bad call and would not go there again.

Have'nt you ever made a bad call before?

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#7) On December 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM, awallejr (82.72) wrote:

HarryCarysGhost

I think you misunderstand me.  I have no problem with people investing in emerging markets.  I was refering to these merchant spam bots that invade any website just to hawk their products. And I hate those that buy from those spammers because all it does is encourage them.

MF is doing a poor job in stopping it. 

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#8) On December 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM, Option1307 (29.90) wrote:

And I hate those that buy from those spammers because all it does is encourage them.

Of all the horrible ideas out there for advertisement, spam seems like the absolute worst/non-profitable strategy there ever could be. I honestly don't get it, do people actually click on their links and purchase stuff? Seriously? What are you thinking people??

I guess it does work b/c they keep at it, but it just seems ludacris imo. 

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#9) On December 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM, lemoneater (79.38) wrote:

I wonder if the recent increase in spam could be a positive economic indicator? More computing hours=more access to computers less depressed circumstances? 

 

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#10) On December 13, 2010 at 7:54 PM, tekennedy (71.14) wrote:

@lemoneater-It could be the reverse.  More computing hours could be from unemployment and more spam could be from more computer programmers who are unemployed.  If there is more advertising spending it is a positive economic indicator.  Then again spam is a cheaper form of advertising though so maybe its just an advertising trade down for companies and its a negative sign. 

This got me interested in the economics of spamming.  I checked out Constant Contact(CTCT) an email marketer.  The actual cost per email per month is less than a nickel and is lower the more emails sent.  Their business is booming(they aren't profitable yet but should be over the next year).  As much as everyone hates it all they need is a few people to reply to make it profitable for clients(and like google its very measurable).  The retention rate for CTCT is over 70% annually so I'd say it works for most customers.

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#11) On December 13, 2010 at 8:10 PM, HarryCarysGhost (99.76) wrote:

awallejr Got it,

I've always been shocked that this is a viable marketing campaign, and avoid any sites that use this ploy like the plauge.

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#12) On December 14, 2010 at 1:48 PM, lemoneater (79.38) wrote:

@ #12 is right on topic for this blog!

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#13) On December 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM, lemoneater (79.38) wrote:

@ #10 Thanks for the info! I imagine the same people that believe that "Steve Jobs or Bill Gates is giving away free money if you forward this e-mail to 20 friends" are the ones that respond to spam.

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#14) On December 15, 2010 at 8:24 AM, lemoneater (79.38) wrote:

Option1307, Last night I was moved to write a poem that I now dedicate to you.

(I've already posted it on a blog of my own that was spamplagued.) 

Here it goes:

Like a Greek chorus following after me

With ni-hil-ist-ic syntax,

And ex-ist-ent-ial-ist-ic cries:

"Buy, buy, buy,

Handbags, and shoes, and ties!"

Have a great day!

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#15) On December 17, 2010 at 3:50 PM, lemoneater (79.38) wrote:

Hope you did/are doing well on your exams, Option.

I'm adding another comment for foolanthropy here in the hopes that you will spot the poem I wrote in sympathy with you.

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#16) On December 19, 2010 at 8:40 PM, Option1307 (29.90) wrote:

Thanks Lemoneater!!

Exams went well and it's great to be relaxing for a few weeks. I read your poem, nice work! Ha ha ha i like it!

Merry Christmas!

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#17) On December 31, 2010 at 4:23 AM, mechincl (88.53) wrote:

Here here! Blocking spam isn't even that hard. There are a thousand and one ways to block spam. None of them will catch them all, but many of them will catch most of it.

The Motley Fool is written in ASP.NET. Here is a solution they could probably implement in a few days.

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