On Dumb e-mail Forwards
One thing that always puzzles me is, no matter how many harsh “Grow up” mails I send back once a while I still get back such non-sense e-mail from somebody in my circle.
Let me cool down this time and try to take a rational guess about what would have prompted, forget about the creator, everybody else to circulate such mails.
The reasons I can think are
1. The sender got benefited from the information in the mail and wanted to share with friends
A perfectly good cause and I am glad to have friends like this. What If the benefit is just a perception. e.g., If someone sends a mail which says scratch your groin once a day and you grow a third ball. I do not know if this really is true but because of my exceptional judging prowess I was gifted with, I believe this to be true and still forward it to others. This just is being very careless about an impression that one is making about themselves in the eyes of one’s email receivers. In simple this shows your stupidity.
“GROW UP and just think a second, Is the content of the mail genuine and will I become a dumb router of false information if i send this one?”
2. The receivers might think I am cool to have got such mails forwarded from somebody else.
Okay, after all friends are there for what? you can now and then fart about your muscle. This could also mean if the mail you are circulating is non-sense you have a bunch of jack-ass circle.
“Try to help your friend by letting him/her know how stupid this is and tell him his/her stupidity costs everyone in the circle ”
3. The mail says forward to everyone.
Well, I do not believe someone would be motivated because of such a reason. Of course I agree that most of fellow Indian folks are a herd of sheep who do things just because everybody else is doing. If the mail says keep your foot in your mouth would you do it?.
4. There is totally no reason, humans are beings of habit. For some reason they are habituated not to think and just do things.
I totally buy this. You too know that this could be bad for you, I can only ask you to change your ways.
I know you might have already taken an offensive note on me to have spoiled your day. The fact is Iam just repaying the gratitude for you did the same to me. Just imagine if you send such silly mail at your work you are seriously jeopardising your growth in the company. I would’nt want to work with such a totally looser.
If Orkut was doing this, we are all subscribed to orkut we too would receive a mail from them. If you have links to some source you could have put it in the mail to make it trust worthy. Infact just by googling you can find that most of such forward emails are haox.
In short when you email something to somebody you are putting your credibility with the email. Try to protect it so that people around you can count on you.
Here is the mail for reference. If you think there could be some other valid reason that I missed please comment
Hiii …Orkut is deleting Profiles again
Dear user because of
sudden rush of people signing upto orkut is come to an attention
are vastly running our of resources so with in a week any one who
does not receive this scrap will be deleted of our server . We know
that you are still using this account We want to find out which
are actually using their orkut accounts so if you are using your
then please send this scrap to every orkut user that you can if u do
not pass this scrap to anyone then we will delete your account
follow these simple steps. 1. Click on the “Messages Tab” in your
account. 2. Click on the “compose mail” option which is the last one
the four icons you see together. 3. Select “all friends” 4. Cut and
Paste this mail
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- August 10, 2006 / 6:35 pm