Ziff Davis Spam Part III: The Solution?

As I reported here, here, and here, Ziff Davis spams people. Fortunately, I found this page. It looks like it was the solution!

Read more below the jump.

I sent the following e-mail to the following people.

The message (sent 12/20/2007 at 12:33 AM):

Hello,

Despite dozens of attempts to unsubscribe from your company’s e-mail lists, I continue to receive your newsletters and advertising. This is unacceptable. Please unsubscribe me from ALL Ziff Davis and affiliated e-mail lists, immediately and permanently.

Sincerely,
Ed Cottrell

The recipients:

Sloan_Seymour@ziffdavis.com;
info@ziffdavis.com;
phil_kramer@ziffdavis.com;
kelli_turtz@ziffdavis.com;
sandra_gibson@ziffdavis.com;
Martha_Schwartz@ziffdavis.com;
Stephen_Veith@ziffdavis.com;
Phil_Kramer@ziffdavis.com;
angelo_mandarano@ziffdavis.com;
lfreeman@ziffdavis.com;
chris_maginn@ziffdavis.com;
baseline@ziffdavis.com;
appscout@ziffdavis.com;
larryseltzer@ziffdavis.com;
matthew_graven@ziffdavis.com;
randy_zane@ziffdavis.com;
events@ziffdavis.com;
chris_primesberger@ziffdavis.com;
opportunities@ziffdavis.com;
eWEEK@ziffdavis.com;
Debra_Olchick@ziffdavis.com;
jeffrey_burt@ziffdavis.com;
dennis_barker@ziffdavis.com;
mary_hart@ziffdavis.com;
gearlog@ziffdavis.com;
Sheena_Mohan@ziffdavis.com;
askloyd@ziffdavis.com;
kristin_holmes@ziffdavis.com;
ppereira@ziffdavis.com;
debra_donston@ziffdavis.com;
Matthew_rothenberg@ziffdavis.com;
Evan_Schuman@ziffdavis.com;
elda_vale@ziffdavis.com;
eric_lundquist@ziffdavis.com;
jason_freidenfelds@ziffdavis.com;
Mary_behr@ziffdavis.com;
john_mccormick@ziffdavis.com;
aimee_levine@ziffdavis.com;
stan_gibson@ziffdavis.com;
Nicholas_mokhoff@ziffdavis.com;
dennis_fisher@ziffdavis.com;
garcia@ziffdavis.com;
darryl_taft@ziffdavis.com;
caton@ziffdavis.com;
Karl_Elken@ziffdavis.com;
barry_harrigan@ziffdavis.com;
andrew_garcia@ziffdavis.com;
cameron_sturdevant@ziffdavis.com;
chris_maginn@ziffdavis.com;
joe_wilcox@ziffdavis.com;
peter_coffee@ziffdavis.com;
kristin_holmes@ziffdavis.com

The response (from Sloan Seymour, President of Ziff Davis, 12/20/2007, 5:29 AM):

Ed,
We will take care of it immediately. Please excuse the inconvenience while the unsubscribe works through the system.
Thanks
Sloan

Sent from my GoodLink synchronized handheld (www.good.com)

What is shocking to me is that it appears to have worked! I haven’t seen any Ziff Davis spam since that message. The moral: if you want a response, fight fire with fire. When 50+ people at an organization get an unwanted e-mail telling them how much you hate unwanted e-mails, you might actually get some satisfaction.

Ziff Davis is still a spamhaus, but at least there’s a way to make this particular source of spam stop spamming, even if it’s absurdly difficult.

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