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Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich - Qualified Perceptions
Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich
So here I am at work. Accounts gets email from someone saying


I happen to be a member of the list xxxxx@mit.edu. This list hasn't been in use for at least 4 or 5 years and I've hardly noticed I was in it. However, I'm getting piles of SPAM lately and I'd like to unsubscribe. Unfortunately, the administrators of the list have gone and I don't know exactly what to do.

Could you, please, tell me what I (or any other member) should do in order to unsubscribe the list?

Many thanks,


I send them mail back saying that I've removed them, and contacted the list owners about deleting the list.

Then I get a second piece of mail, with the exact same words from someone else, completely different part of the country, asking to be removed. Then a third. Then a fourth. Then a fifth.

There's a group mind out there, and it just decided to be removed from a mailing list. Except one of the members of the group mind asked in Spanish instead, to add confusion.

I find this strangely creepy, even though there are obvious sensible explanations for it. I cling fast to my idea of a group mind toying with me, though.

Current Mood: scared creeped out

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dpolicar From: dpolicar Date: April 21st, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's very clever virus-spam... :-)
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: April 21st, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

New Hobby

Confusing people who do customer service and tech support. Hmm, that offers all sorts of possibilities...
countertorque From: countertorque Date: April 21st, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: New Hobby

Too Easy.
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