“Email this entry…”

Lots of websites and blogs have a little link down at the bottom that says “Email this article to a friend” or something similar. This came up in a conversation tonight and I decided I wanted to add links to “Email this article to a friend”, “Email this article to an enemy”, and “Email this article to a disinterested third party”, purely for the humor of having those links more than any actual functionality. Then I read about how in the past spammers have used this functionality to spam people and make it look like it’s coming from you, so that pretty much put the brakes on my desire to add that functionality just for the sake of a joke. Stupid spammers. Really one of the lowest life forms on the planet.

4 Responses

  1. Annika says:

    Aww, man! I was really looking forward to emailing your review of Love to a disinterested third party, and your Vespa cowboy haiku to my dearest enemy.

  2. Jess says:

    The title of this entry made me think of Steal This Album!

  3. Jess says:

    Also, when I sent that article from the BBC news website to Marcus (which was what made us start having that conversation in the first place), it made me fill out my own name and email address and own my shit, or it wouldn’t send. Would that do anything to stop spammers?

  4. Heath Allyn says:

    Supposedly the way spammers exploited it was by somehow accessing the .cgi file directly on the server.

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