Things That Make You Go, “Hmmmm.”

For the past several weeks, I’ve been getting email from L. Scott Smith announcing his new blog. I took a look on the first email, but it wasn’t really the sort of thing I’m looking for in reading material. And then there were the repetitions, with as many as three of the identical email announcements coming in within a couple of hours:

A new blog appears at _http://[REDACTED]_
(http://[REDACTED]) .

Here’s the logs showing the same announcement coming in:

1080531 09:44:34 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080531 09:56:31 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080531 10:01:10 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080605 09:04:21 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080605 09:23:05 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080605 09:29:52 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080612 08:06:13 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080612 08:20:39 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080612 08:28:52 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080618 07:28:54 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]

So this morning I sent what I thought of as a polite note for L. Scott Smith to turn off the verbal diarrhea:

I have already been informed of the existence of your blog some eight
times before. Please remove my email address from your notification
list. The next redundant “New Blog” message I get from you will have
me dropping your email address into the blacklist here.


I was going on memory for “eight”. It turns out “nine” would have been more accurate.

Here’s the log entry for the reply: 1080618 07:48:39 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]

And the content of the reply was that, of course, he would remove my email from his list, as this was the first time that he had heard from me that that was what I wanted. And, he suggested, I should have a cup of coffee and stop being a curmudgeon.

Of course, one would expect that given notice that one’s email announcements were out of control, that one might show some gratitude, or at least some mercy. Smith’s anti-curmudgeon note to me was bracketed with two further redundant announcements:

1080618 07:44:15 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]
1080618 07:50:12 mai From: LSSesq114@[REDACTED]

So, what do you think? Was I curmudgeonly enough?

Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Data scientist in real estate and econometrics. Blogger. Speaker. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

5 thoughts on “Things That Make You Go, “Hmmmm.”

  • 2008/06/18 at 7:43 am

    You should threaten to hack his site. r sk DvSct t thrtn t hck t.

  • 2008/06/18 at 10:39 am

    I’ve never been comfortable with blogwhoring for traffic. I find that anyone who thinks their opinions are so important that they need to be brought to everyone’s attention by wallpapering links all over the place is generally overestimating their brilliance. One announcement would raise my suspicion. Two would be annoying. 8 plus would fall pretty far onto the side of dcorum.

    Having looked over his blog, I have to say that you were a model of civility when you said “it wasnít really the sort of thing Iím looking for in reading material” and asked him to take you off his list. It boils down him telling everyone that he doesn’t understand to get off his lawn before the whole world ends. With an above average vocabulary. Yawn.

  • 2008/06/18 at 10:39 am

    Dang. onto the wrong side of decorum.

  • 2008/06/20 at 12:13 am

    Talk about a program out of control for sending out those e-mail announcements…lol…”So, what do you think? Was I curmudgeonly enough?” Yea, you sounded like a a crusty old man…lol

  • 2008/06/21 at 7:05 am

    Perhaps he has a crush on you.
    Or maybe he just doesn’t quite understand his software.
    Had he ever left a reasonable comment, or was his blog announcement his first appearance? He was the one who was not polite.

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