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j4 From: j4 Date: January 21st, 2010 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it the sort of newsletter to which people might have been nonconsensually subscribed in large numbers and consider as spam?

It's a London music venue's "what's on" mailout, and I think I deliberately signed up for it (it would've been a plausible thing to do when I was going to more gigs in London), though that doesn't mean that they didn't also subscribe people nonconsensually... But why attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by a general arse/elbow confusion? :)
simont From: simont Date: January 21st, 2010 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
*nods* I didn't really mean to suggest that they might have maliciously subscribed people nonconsensually. I get a lot of mail suggesting I've been randomly subscribed to newsletters which I've never heard of, and while some of them undoubtedly are deliberate spam, my feeling is that a lot of them are probably accidental subscriptions resulting from somebody totally other having forged spam in my name to their subscribe addresses and, well, arse/elbow confusion having occurred at the verification step.
redbird From: redbird Date: January 21st, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I get a few because I have a vanity domain, and people sign up for mailings under $randomname@redbird.org (it's configured so mail to $random@redbird.org goes into a box labeled "not here", from which I pick out a few things I do want, reply to the once-in-a-blue-moon stuff that gets "Dear user, I think you meant to write to $random@redbird.NET, signed postmaster", and delete the rest). There's much less of that than of actual spam, though it's hard to be sure whether the crap that "Rob" is getting there from classmates.com is spam or legitimate error.
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