I, like several people, receive the Learned Pig ezine. Also, like several people, I forgot there was a Learned Pig ezine. I must have subscribed to it when I originally signed up for the site but, since there's been so little traffic, I forgot about it.
That is, until someone posted a junk email to the whole list.
And someone hit "reply to all".
And the server was configured to allow posts from subscribers.
Whisky Tango Foxtrot?
If this is intended to be an announcement list - i.e. we write, you read - then don't allow posts from subscribers. Simples.
If this is intended to be an email list, then go die in a fire! Email lists are the most intrusive form of communication of the digital age. Heck people - it's 2011 - use a broadcast medium (Twitter/Facebook/Bebo), use a web forum (Cafe/Bunny/Talk), use a personal blog with comments turned on, but don't use personal email for mass human-to-human messages.
But this is only a minor problem, caused by the failure of a single person. We all make mistakes, and I can forgive most. The biggest problem is the 92 emails I got spamming my account this morning, each saying "Please quit sending these messages". Followed by the other 91 saying "I agree". And the next 90 saying, "Stop it now". And so on. And so on.
I can not forgive stupid people. Especially those who, after 92 emails, are still thinking that "reply-to-all" is a good idea.
On the plus side, I now have the email addresses of 92 stupid learned pig users who can't use email.
Now - what porn sites shall I sign them up to..?