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Re^6: Fed Up

by Anonymous Monk
on Oct 03, 2004 at 23:51 UTC ( #396076=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^5: Fed Up
in thread Fed Up

It fairly clearly says to me that any email interaction after the original receipt of your password is going to be optional (and opt-in). Is there a way it could be reworded to make this more clear to you?

Nope, your absolutely right. I misread the last sentence when I first went to create a new user.


Iím still left wondering about the credibility of that statement, since they donít need my e-mail address if they arenít going to contact me, but I will consider creating a junk address to get a login.

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Re^7: Fed Up (e-mail to join)
by tye (Sage) on Oct 04, 2004 at 05:31 UTC

    We're very unlikely to ever use your e-mail. It is a good idea to have it set to something that works in case you forget your password, though. This is part of why an e-mail is required to sign up.

    We are so unlikely to use your e-mail that we didn't even e-mail people when we deleted the last batch of inactive accounts (who had never posted a node and hadn't visited in a very long time, if ever -- most of which were the result of people entering an invalid e-mail when they signed up anyway).

    I'm pretty sure that we have never sent a batch of e-mails out. On very rare occasions I think we've sent e-mail to a particular user because of some very unusual circumstances. But I can't remember any examples because it happens so rarely (I can recall a few times we considered e-mailing someone, but I don't think we ended up doing so those times).

    And we make a decent amount of beer money selling your e-mail to pr0n sites. No, wait, that was that other site I worked on.

    Feel free to set up a temporary address in order to sign up. It is a pain and I promise you that there is little point to making that effort. Another reason for the e-mail requirement is to make it a bit more difficult to build yourself a clone army.

    We don't require an e-mail address out of any desire to send you e-mail.

    - tye        

Re^7: Fed Up
by Rhys (Pilgrim) on Oct 04, 2004 at 11:39 UTC
    Iím still left wondering about the credibility of that statement, since they donít need my e-mail address if they arenít going to contact me, but I will consider creating a junk address to get a login.

    My first login was in Jan. 2001. I used PM for a short while, then didn't log in again for three years. In all that time, I don't think I received a single e-mail that came from PM, nor did my ambient level of spam increase due to PM. (I could always trace it back to some other unscrupulous (DUH-leeted).)

    I have no other point. ;-)

    --J

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