I was checking my AOHell e-mail account awhile ago. It was packed with responses from people I don't know with subject lines that had "Bosslist" somewhere in it, and bodies demanding to be removed! I happen to be on Boss Entertainment's newsletter list, so I had a paranoid suspicion that maybe I had something to do with this!
Anyone else on AOHell AND the Bosslist? Did this happen to you as well?
Yes, I've been getting those e-mails. The funny thing is that "bosslist" is not doing it. It's the people themselves that are beating themselves up. The whole thing and how it works acts like a virus in a way.
This is what happened...
Boss Entertainment is the place I buy my CDGs at. Now, I'm on their e-mailing list too. The "bosslist account" was supposed to have a password on it so that in the event someone hit "Reply All", it would only go to one person and not everyone on the list.
Something screwed up, and guess what? Someone said "REMOVE ME" to everyone on that list. Someone replied saying "I don't know what you're talking about", which... of course, was now sent to everyone. This kept building and building until people had 30 messages in their inbox.
Now when a new person comes along, gets angry when they see all those messages, "Replies" to the sender to be removed from the nonsense (which just gets sent to all of us - doesn't even GET SENT BACK to Boss Entertainment!), and the process starts over again, causing more anger, more "remove" messages. It was exponentially growing until Boss Entertainment got phone calls and shut it down. Wow, talk about some lost sales you're going to get. Everyone wants to be removed off the list, and anything sent by Boss Entertainment in the future is going to cause hatred.
Anything you see coming into your e-mail is just stuff that is trickling in between yesterday and this morning but got delayed in the transmissions (AOL takes a day to send stuff?!?).
People weren't smart enough to realize that they were the source of the problem, and it wasn't spam, nor Boss Entertainment sending those messages. It was only going to ourselves and would have been stopped if people were smart enough to not reply to the message!
The same thing could happen with SC's "New Releases", technically. I think I'd check on that Rodney to make sure something like this is impossible! It caused a nightmare.
[This message has been edited by Grateful (edited October 27, 2000).]
I've been laughing my head off at all the silly people who keep emailing back. And only one of the emails actually says "Remove" in the subject line - maybe most of those were actually removed (I wasn't about to try it). My thought is people don't know how to follow instructions. I figured if I got too tired of it I would go to the site thats been posted over and over again and go through the pile of red tape to get removed from that end (I did go look).
I have no idea when they will stop coming - although the last one is dated at "Fri, 27 Oct 2000 10:38:04 -0700" (10:38am). They still came while I was at my show friday night.
I was hoping someone had called Boss.
Now about this sale - Some of the brands offered are listed as not available on their website, all the discs in the whole series, what good is that to advertise what they don't have?
I don't think DSL makes any difference for these e-mails.
Anyway, Boss Entertainment's online system isn't all that accurate (they admitted it themselves). You really have to call them up and see what they got. They're my favorite vendor because they're the only ones who were willing to send me CDG's C.O.D. In addition, they have about 90% of the discs in stock that I ask for... and some of those discs are hard to find elsewhere.
Poor Dave (the owner) has been in the hospital. I don't know if he's out - he had a case of blood poisoning. Anyway, just delete the Boss list junk and forget it. If you need to contact Boss Entertainment the web site is... http://www.bossentertainment.com
Grateful, the staff at Boss are even nicer in person. (Especially Chip at the Denver store.) I won't do business with anyone else.
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Hee hee hee. I received one e-mail from Bosslist, blocked the address, and I haven't received squat since. But then again, yahoo featured a spam protection that works faily well, if it looks like spam, it goes straight to the bulk mailbox which can be emptied without ever looking at it.
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