By some people’s standards I have a lot of e-mail addresses spread across a variety of ISPs and domains. This is partly because of the number of businesses and other organisations in which I’m involved and the number of other online activities in which I participate. I therefore expect to get a lot of spam – it goes with the territory.
By spam, I mean unsolicited and unwanted e-mail. One man’s spam is another man’s welcome link with the outside world. We’re all different.
I receive getting on for a hundred or so wanted e-mails every day, and it takes me quite a while to process them. I then probably receive a similar number of unsolicited messages, despite the best efforts of the spam filters at the ISPs and on my system. Most of these do at least have an unsubscribe link, but it’s still an imposition that takes up a lot of time every day. It’s necessary to scroll down to find the link (if there is one), click on it, be taken to a web page to be asked if you’re sure, and why you don’t want this cr*p and what to do if you should ever decide, unaccountably, that you’ve made a big mistake and you want it after all. Even doing repeated permanent deletions takes a number of clicks and wastes time.
Sometimes you go through all this unsubscribe stuff and, although it appears to work, the next days and weeks bring the same old culprits again and again. The worst are the people who write e-mails that start, “Hi, I’m just writing to see if you had time to read the spam I sent you last week because I can’t believe you really meant to ignore it.”
So why am I writing to you? Recently I’ve noticed that a lot of the most persistent spammers from whom I receive e-mail have e-mail addresses @xxxx.exvm.com. Having now found Extravision, I realise that for normal people like me, who don’t want to be bombarded all day with sales pitches for products which are of absolutely no interest, you look like the Devil incarnate. However much I believe that you will give this request a dusty response, I can’t resist enquiring if there’s any way I can get you to stop (your clients from) spamming me?