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From The "Examples Of What Not To Do" Desk

From The "Examples Of What Not To Do" Desk

Sometimes you can learn just as much or more from things you do not like as from things you do like.

Let's try to extrapolate a small bit of value from a worthless email I received today by discussing a few things about why it's worthless.

Within a few seconds, you can imagine all this:

  • It comes from "Flag." I don't know who that is.
  • I don't know why I received it. I am not in the market for a flag. I have not searched for flags. By my recollection, I have done nothing that would indicate I am interested in flags.
  • It's chock full of links.
  • Hovering over the links shows an unhelpful address of ""
  • I won't click on anything in it, including the "Unsubscribe" link. I trust nothing about it.
  • I will flag it as spam.

What's this? Dunno. Looks like garbage. *Mark as spam* *Delete*

Who's running this show and are they somehow making money off this junk? I can't imagine anyone actually clicking on this, and a click-through-rate of 0.00% is not very sustainable.