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Slashdot's Disagree Mail 100

Posted by samzenpus
from the good-things-come-in-small-packages dept.
Ernest Hemingway's micro-story, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," is one of my favorite examples of how less is sometimes more. Sometimes a few sentences say it all; you don't always need a hundred pages to convey an idea. Most of the mail I get is brief and to the point. Others are just brief. To be honest, I appreciate the short, crazy email more than the long rants, and they can be just as funny. Read below for this week's mail snippets.

The less we talk about this first guy, the better. Let's just hope that he found love and a treadmill someplace.

On Mon Aug 25, 2003 ******** wrote:
"Hello, I am a 'generously proportioned' male (375 pounds) with a less than generous penile length (4 inches erect). I seek a vendor of quality inflatable sheep who can give away free samples as I am unemployed. Best regards."

I'm not really sure what this message means. I didn't get the cryptic first mail that he talks about, but it sounds important.

On Sat, 20 Aug 2005 ******* wrote:
"Be well advised that my last email contains information about the persons that this script was, in fact, not written for. this section contains authorizations as to ensure that authorizations would work. Also be advised that the infromation therein is no longer valid."

The last two are both from people who obviously used the wrong address. I can assure you that I never accused the second guy of any sexual impropriety.

On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 ******** wrote:
"hi, i look for south america road atlas. can be each country or two \ three countries combination gather in one. can you addvice or help me? thanks ahead."

On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 ******** wrote:
"Seeing as you accused me of having child pornography AND I DIDN'T and you accused my of ATTEMPTING TO RAPE YOU and I didn't I thought it best that I didn't have any contact with you. You are a disturbed person. Do not contact me. Thank you."

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Slashdot's Disagree Mail

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is she illin in the panicillin?
    Is she chillin in the panicillin?
    Is she stealin in the panicillin?
    Is she feelin in the panicillin?

    Panka panka

    Is she liable no suitifiable pliable style is so suitifiable
    Is she liable no suitifiable im not on trial but its suitifiable
    Is she reliable no suitifiable not just viable but real suitifiable
    Is she try-able no suitifiable lying in the aisle im real suitifiable

    Is she spillin in the panicillin?
    Is she squealin in the panicillin?
    Is she feelin in the panicillin?
    Is she trilli

  • by apathy maybe (922212) on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:17PM (#25414749) Homepage Journal

    Most of the other "Disagree Mail" actually was about Slashdot, as opposed to being totally unrelated. Yes, you got four emails, but note, they don't even talk about Slashdot or the web. I don't know why you posted these ones.

    (What's this crap doing on the front page? I know that I can go into my settings and turn it off, but I'm lazy! This shouldn't be on the front page at all! Even if I'm a lazy bum. Shut up! I hate you!)

    • by Swizec (978239)
      Will there be a "slashdot disagree comments" posting on this green horror?
    • by Torinaga-Sama (189890) on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:24PM (#25414865) Homepage

      Non-sequitors, false accusations, pointless drivel, and complete misunderstandings. How do you not see how this is related to Slashdot.

      Your inflatable sheep is in the post.

    • I ahve to agree with you on these.
      If there just going to be random unfunny unrelated in anyway emails I'm not interested, I could just read my spam.

    • by Toyotoyo (913644) on Friday October 17, 2008 @02:04PM (#25415439)
      Thanks, man. Hearing I could turn this crap off for good, I've somehow mustered the energy required to permanently disable this God-forsaken section. I'm in your debt.
    • by DrWho520 (655973)
      I assume the +5 Insightful is for the "...I'm lazy!" and "Even if I'm a lazy bum." comments.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by kiehlster (844523)

      "Most of my other "Disagree Mail" actually was about Slashdot, as opposed to being totally unrelated. Yes, I sent four emails, but note, they don't even talk about Slashdot or the web. I don't know why I sent these ones.

      "(What's my mail doing on the "Disagree Mail"? I know that I can go into my hole and tune you out, but I'm lazy! This shouldn't be on the "Disagree Mail" at all! Even if I'm a lazy bum. Shut up! I hate you!)"

      // There, fixed that for ya.

    • by owlnation (858981) on Friday October 17, 2008 @03:23PM (#25416363)

      "What's this crap doing on the front page? I know that I can go into my settings and turn it off, but I'm lazy! This shouldn't be on the front page at all!"

      You can turn it off the front page, but NOT off the RSS feed. So it's still possible to be inflicted by the Idle crap by accident.

      Taco, if you MUST persist with Idle (in the face of mostly displeasure) can you not have it as a totally separate site? It's only fair isn't it? Those who don't want this crap need never see it, and the cast-offs from Digg can go to the new Idle site any time they want. Is this not fair?

      • by Anonymous Coward
        Dude, it's one link of about twenty off the front page. You clicked it. Stop being a little, whiney bitch.
    • by spun (1352)

      This batch of disagree mail proves that people are now writing ridiculous emails just to get into disagree mail. Kind of like people used to shoot for the red zone in the DFC. Anyone here remember the DFC?

      • by Mr Z (6791)

        This batch of disagree mail proves that people are now writing ridiculous emails just to get into disagree mail.

        If so, then I want these peoples' crystal balls. The only Disagree Mail above that was written this year was written back in August. (All of them were written in August, but two of them were in August 2005, and one was August 2003. Only one was August 2008.)

    • by Ihmhi (1206036)

      I don't particularly care if it's on the front page, I just don't like it mucking up my RSS feed.

  • Dear /. (Score:4, Funny)

    by Windows_NT (1353809) on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:18PM (#25414761) Homepage Journal
    Dear slashdot: As much as you might think i had sex with you, I didnt. Please dont contact me again. Your accusations are false, and any other proposals for sexual interactions will be denied. I am not saying im above you, im just saying that i dont have sex with webservers for under $3.
    oh, BTW, where are my inflatable sheep?
    • Plural (Score:5, Funny)

      by NotQuiteReal (608241) on Friday October 17, 2008 @02:41PM (#25415857) Journal
      where are my inflatable sheep?

      I notice you use the plural - you want more than one? What do you plan on doing with them, flock them?
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        I notice you use the plural - you want more than one? What do you plan on doing with them, flock them?

        My guess is its his way of saying "Flock ewe!" to slashdot...
      • by ookabooka (731013)

        I notice you use the plural - you want more than one? What do you plan on doing with them, flock them?

        Well, you need atleast two so one of them can get jealous. Once you have a flock the possibilities really open up. Think about it.

      • by jonadab (583620)
        Maybe he likes to pop them like balloons.
  • by Peter Cooper (660482) on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:19PM (#25414787) Homepage Journal

    How is this crap getting posted to a landmark site of the tech industry? We might be able to put up with news making it to Slashdot three days after everywhere else, but these posts are abysmal.

    • Hear, hear. For crying out loud, editors, think for a minute. Posting like this kicks up your page views in the short term, but I guarantee it's not doing anything to for your long term health. Does anyone else remember when the discussion was more insightful than the summary? Does anyone remember when a discussion didn't consist of nothing jokes and idiots who think tl;dr is a religion?
    • by digidave (259925)

      I think the disagree mail posts are a welcome break from more serious news, but then I am not under the delusion that Slashdot is a landmark site in the tech industry so we're bound to have different opinions.

      • Hear hear! I get a hearty chuckle out of the disagree mail every week. Maybe others should just consider this the "Sunday funnies" (even the NYTimes has those) of this landmark.
      • "I think the disagree mail posts are a welcome break from more serious news, but then I am not under the delusion that Slashdot is a landmark site in the tech industry so we're bound to have different opinions."

        I agree.

        To all the complainers: What kind of nerds are you to complain about additional functionality?

        If you don't like a function disable it.
    • by yttrstein (891553)
      This is not a landmark site anymore, and it hasn't been in quite some time. Good to see the hype still works though.
    • by bonch (38532)

      At least you can't read them anymore once the white-on-green color scheme burns out your retinas.

    • My Theory (Score:5, Interesting)

      by scorp1us (235526) on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:52PM (#25415245) Journal

      What spammers did was to use a slashdot email address as a destination. The idea is that a random, unsolicited yet strange email would solicit a reply, at which point you now have a validated email address to sell. Each message played to a particular emotion in hope to get a reply.

      Each tactic:
      Humility
      Severity
      Compassion
      Offensive

      While someone might not reply to offensive emails, that psyce might reply to calls for compassion. Or vice-versa.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Knowing that any letters may be posted publicly, even stupid ones, is a deterrent to sending stupid emails. I have seen it work for a political site I was running in 2002. We had abusive, targeted malware, and/or threatening emails coming in regularly until I started posting them, including full headers & reverse DNS info in the case of the malware.

    • by Andr T. (1006215)
      I really don't agree. You can be a serious landmark site of the tech industry and still make fun of yourself. Just look at the surreal dinner [cnn.com] yesterday with Obama and McCain.
    • The only reason I visit these pages is to read the responses of this nature, probably because I feel the same way. There's also a measure of comic irony in that quite a number or /.ers are disagreeing to the posting of disagree mail. I like to watch for comments that tear up these posts in hopes for a chuckle.
    • by lymond01 (314120)

      landmark site of the tech industry

      It's because of things like Disagree Mail (okay, not that in particular but things like it) that makes Slashdot popular.

  • Really. I wake up in the morning sometimes dreading what I've sent out over the 'net.

    I've sent some strange stuff so I could envision my having asked about sheep or something all while thinking it was very funny. Usually, when I check my sent email messages and my forum posts I do so cautiously and hope for the best.

  • 2 kinds of people (Score:3, Insightful)

    by carlcmc (322350) on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:21PM (#25414827)
    The people who know how to enjoy and smile at the disagree mail and the boneheads who don't. .... :-)
    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by halcyon1234 (834388)

      The person who knows how to enjoy and smile at the disagree mail and every other user of the site

      Fixed it.

      Alternatively, there are two types of people: Those who have removed Idle from their front page settings, and those who are going to once they're done posting here

  • Slow NewsDay? (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by redelm (54142)

    Yes, I know the press yawns like a hungry, devouring beast. That why we get cr@p in the newspapers and on-air.

    However, the web is pull, and you don't need to post when you've got nothing to say. Say it clearly!

  • by drquoz (1199407) on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:23PM (#25414859)
    I wish I had a website where I could make my subscribers read my spam emails. I've got plenty of "disagree mail" from Nigerian kings and Viagra sellers. Honestly, I like the idea of the Disagree Mail series, but lately he's resorted to posting what is obviously spam.
    • Re: (Score:1, Redundant)

      by ploben (1197705)
      Waaaaaaaaaaa....then don't read it. No one is forcing you to read this.
    • by yttrstein (891553)
      Spamzenpus!
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Torinaga-Sama (189890)

      Have you ever done tech support for the general public? There are tons of legitimately side splittingly crazy people out there that I am sure you are crushing by calling their ravings spam.

    • by N3Z (746334)
      You do!

      Just click the "Reply to This" button and add your "disagree mail"!
    • How exactly has slashdot [b]made[/b] you read anything? Did Taco or ScuttleMonkey come to your house and pull a gun out and force you read this article?
  • Oh Dear (Score:5, Funny)

    by immcintosh (1089551) <slashdot@NOspam.ianmcintosh.org> on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:37PM (#25415039) Homepage
    Digg is that way ---->
  • I For One... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by GreenPickles (2275) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [kciwtsobm]> on Friday October 17, 2008 @01:38PM (#25415049) Homepage

    Enjoy this mindless humor on a Friday.

  • So naturally samzenpus decides to talk about him. Brilliant.

  • ...who gets NO spam!

    It's Samzenpus.... "I GET SPAM!"

    Seriously, dude....get a spam filter or something. Stop spamming us with your spam.

  • Well then (Score:4, Funny)

    by gaderael (1081429) <gaderael&gmail,com> on Friday October 17, 2008 @02:11PM (#25415537)
    "On Mon Aug 25, 2003 ******** wrote:
    "Hello, I am a 'generously proportioned' male (375 pounds) with a less than generous penile length (4 inches erect). I seek a vendor of quality inflatable sheep who can give away free samples as I am unemployed. Best regards."
    "

    Well, I guess this answers the question, " Do inadequate fat men dream of inflatable sheep?"
    • by hurfy (735314)

      "Hello, I am a 'generously proportioned' male (375 pounds) with a less than generous penile length (4 inches erect)"

      How can he be sure?

      Anyways...

      Don't you have to touch the circle before you go off on a tangent?

      These aren't as funny as someone thinks they are.

    • by mqduck (232646)

      Well, I guess this answers the question, " Do inadequate fat men dream of inflatable sheep?"

      Good. Now I can finally rest.

  • these posts were quite humorous, but the last few have been sub-par at best! perhaps this should be a monthly feature when the quality warrants it !
    • I agree, the lunatics aren't amusing enough. Its time to resort to shadier methods to keep quality high. Feel free to contact me directly samzenpus to discuss your alternative options to this grog. On the positive side, I think this weekly feature has convinced me that not every insane person is funny or interesting. They are just as boring as regular people.
  • by rickb928 (945187) on Friday October 17, 2008 @02:51PM (#25415953) Homepage Journal

    These look more like misaddressed emails. Not so entertaining. And not very unique. Maybe it's time to go biweekly with disagree mail???

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