Further to my previous entry about people responding to spam, I heard back from one of the people I sent a response to. I'll back up a bit and show you the whole exchange. First, his original message to me:
I thought that was clear, succinct, and quite understandable. However, our friend Don appears to have not read any further than the very first sentence:
Of course he didn't read my explanation about forging of email headers; he didn't read that I did not personally send him that spam; he did not read about my recommendation regarding spam filters; he did not read that I too am subject to receiving spam from junk mailers; he is probably not even having a great day today. I had originally thought about mentioning SPF and how that would have prevented him receiving the message in the first place, but I'm sort of glad I didn't waste my energy. (Instead, I'm using that energy to rant about this here.)
Perhaps I'm old and jaded (at least in internet years), but it's surprising to me that people using the internet today have no clue how email works. I imagine our friend Don could, perhaps with a bit of effort, understand what happened if he received a forged written letter in his mailbox delivered by the post office. However, the same does not appear to be true about email delivered by his computer. If he hits Reply, the message must go back to the person who sent it, right? I fear for him if he ever starts receiving phishing messages.
Ok, I know this is boring. I'm done for now.