I have discovered that one of the unfortunate side effects of opening my new Patreon account is the flood of new spam. I opened up my email this morning and had to scroll down a couple of screens worth to get to anything that matters from people I know.
What’s worse is that it isn’t even interesting, entertaining spam. It’s the dregs of internet advertising: insurance, online gambling, and Indian lottery tickets. I’m going to have to work on training my filters again.
Apologies. I only forwarded that stuff because I thought it looked interesting.
Should I stop signing you up for free stuff as well?
Sean Boyd says
I keep multiple email accounts for that purpose. My standard day-to-day account, one I keep private save for a select few people, one I use for social media, one for work, etc.. It makes it easier (say on the private account) to whitelist those who know it and automagically dump everything else.
Sean Boyd @2
I have only one actual account, but I have two e-mail addresses at pobox.com, an e-mail redirection service (out of Australia, IIRC). One I give out to the world (including Freethought Blogs and an Amtrak-related e-mail list) that I expect to attract lots of spam, and another that I use only in connection with an ISO standards committee that I participate in. Lately, my (not really) secret address is getting almost as much spam as the public one. It started after I booked passage on the Queen Mary 2 in November (for actual transportation, not for the cruise experience). I’m now getting tons of spam from folks who want me to take more cruises, which I have no desire to do.
That’s what happens when they get a whiff of those Patreon millions…