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August 27, 2007

Yahoo support – I wave my white flag at you

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 6:01 pm

Another fine example of moronic support from “Yahoo support”. For the background history, refer to the Get a load of this crap blog submission.

On 8/27/07, Yahoo! Mail wrote:

Hello,

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Mail.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with specific information other
than to suggest a review of the questionnaire we supplied and try to
determine where your mailing practices may be improved upon.

In addition, you may refer to the Help page below, which offers
information on some of our recommended best practices for bulk mailers:

http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/mail/spam/spam-17.html

Please let us know if you still need assistance so we may assist you
further.

Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated.

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Mail.

Regards,

Thomas Immer

Yahoo! Customer Care

For assistance with all Yahoo! services please visit:

http://help.yahoo.com/

Dear Mr. Immer,

Ultimately how I interpret your response is that “Yahoo support” is a very loose term and we, as a community, should set our expectations of your services low so that we aren’t disappointed.

You send a small start-up company, who sends less than a total of 20 emails a month to Yahoo customers, a link for bulk mailer compliance? Is this an automated response system or something. Does anyone actually read these support requests? According to your previous response, the way I can improve my emailing practices is to send MORE email to Yahoo. What kind of sense does that make? And what kind of sense does it make to send us a link about bulk emailing guidelines?

So – you win, I’ve finally had enough after three months of arguing about this. You can continue to mark our handful of emails as bulk and we will stop using any Yahoo services from this point forward. I will post this total mockery of what Yahoo calls a “support system” on all my blogs and will dissuade anyone I can possibly tell to not use Yahoo services of any kind in the future. If you deem >20 emails a month as potential abuse and target us as a bulk emailer then we have no use for you or your Draconian policies.

This is just another bad experience in a chain of many we’ve had with Yahoo – both business and non-business related. I’ll give you one thing – “Yahoo support” is, if nothing else, consistent. You’re doing a fine job…keep up the good work.

August 25, 2007

Hoo-ray for eloquent NFL Commissioners

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 1:31 am

Mr. Goodell is now my new hero. Finally a victory for the puppies. I don’t think I could have possibly said this any better:




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August 20, 2007

Get a load of this crap

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 6:52 pm

This is the latest email I’ve received from Yahoo regarding my complaint that the POPBY.com emails are being marked as bulk emails. This has been going on since the beginning of June so there’s a lot of history here, but this is kind of a typical exchange between Yahoo “support” and myself. My response is at the bottom:

On 8/20/07, Yahoo! Mail wrote:

Hello,

We appreciate your patience. I am following up on your submission of IP address for whitelisting for xx.xx.xxx.xx

Our extended monitoring period has not yielded any considerable user feedback for the mail server you provided that would warrant promotion to our whitelist. It appears that, either these servers are inactive, or our users deem that the mailings from your IP address are being directed to the correct folder. As such, we are unable to move your server to the whitelist at this time.

Do keep in mind that our SpamGuard technology will continually monitor user feedback pertaining to emails coming from your mail server and the user feedback we receive will be one of the factors that will influence where your emails are most appropriately delivered.

Note: If you wish to ensure that your users get your emails in their Inbox, you may want to ask your subscribers to set up a filter in Yahoo! Mail specifically for your emails, or have them add your email address(es) to their Yahoo! Address Book.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience throughout this process.

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Mail.

Regards,

Thomas Immer

Yahoo! Customer Care

For assistance with all Yahoo! services please visit:

http://help.yahoo.com/

On 8/20/07, Chris Collier wrote:
Are you serious? So no feedback from people who use Yahoo – including no complaints mind you – is not good enough to whitelist emails from my domain?? We don’t send spam and have proven that, we don’t abuse people’s email addresses and have proven that, we are a business selling party favors for Christ’s sake. I’ve complied with your rules and requests, and have done what I can to prevent my businesses emails from being marked as spam. How can you possibly tell me that I’m a potential spammer when I send 20-30 emails a month? On top of that, the emails we send are initiated by the customer! Even though it’s only a handful, those 20-30 emails could mean potential sales, sales that could be vital to our continued growth. We are a very small business and every order counts at this stage of our development.

I just want to make sure I understand your response correctly. What you are basically saying is that my business isn’t important enough to those who use Yahoo to invoke a reaction to our emails (either for or against) and so, likewise, it’s not important enough to Yahoo to extend us some courtesy and allow our emails to be delivered. Also, the fact that we don’t send enough email prevents us a reprieve to the email whitelist – which seems more than a little backwards to me. How can a new business be viewed as the bad guy and be subjected to such ridiculous treatment? Don’t new businesses have a hard enough time as it is without this kind of treatment? I understand the precaution you’re taking to protect your customers, but why is it that you have all these rules that need to be followed to verify that emails being sent are legitimate, but then still deny the request when that has been done?

What ever happened to “Innocent until proven guilty”.

August 18, 2007

It’s such a glamorous life….

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 3:11 am

Since moving to L.A. last October I’ve managed to find three celebrities houses, be within 10 feet of Billy Cristal and his wife, and see several occurrences of filming for a movie (or movies) take place. I find it oddly strange that there is so much filming being done within less than a mile radius of my home. I wouldn’t have thought that the Valley would be a “hot spot” of activity for that kind of thing.

So far I’ve located Ed Bagley Jr’s home, Gene Simmons home, and Rob Dyrdek’s home. I found them all using a combination of their TV shows and Google maps. Rob Dyrdek, for those who are unaware, has a show on MTV called Rob & Big – one of my favorites – and he’s a professional skateboarder. He, on the first season so far, has aquired a bull dog called Meat Bag and a Shetland pony. That, coupled with a large black man as his body guard (a.k.a Big Black, a.k.a. Black Lavender) makes for some very entertaining TV.

Do you want all their addresses? You have TiVo and maps.google.com – go find them yourself 🙂 If I were them I’d be pissed at some random blogger posting my physical address. Silly people.

BTW, I added blogs to SuckitTube and SansuiZen. For now they pretty much mirror each other, but I would expect that eventually they might come up with their own identities…hopefully. I’m hoping to add rss feed abilities to all my blogs, so keep your eyes open for that in the somewhat near future.

Don’t forget, there’s also the POPBY.com blog to keep updated on as well. Happy reading!



August 13, 2007

The project, part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 6:21 pm

I’ve decided that I’m going to let SuckitTube.com it do it’s thing for a while and not do any further development or promotion of it. After about 6 days I’ve collected around $15 so far, not bad, but I have had to help it along a little with some advertising. Part 2 of the project is that I’ve created SuckitTube.com’s alter-ego and named it SansuiZen.com, which will only serve work safe ads. It’s essentially the exact same format and videos but I’ve got some ideas going forward that will make it a little more enticing to the general populous eventually. I need to find a good way to serve the ads, yet not make them quite as intrusive as they are currently.

Eventually I plan to make the videos on SuckitTube.com a little racier but for now I’m keeping it simple. I also want to incorporate a few more internet video sites but for now I’ve got two – which is probably good enough for now.

August 8, 2007

A new project

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 11:06 pm

Probably largely due to where I work, I’ve been inspired to try a new project. The company I work for provides adult content through several different web sites. We are starting on a new project that all of the revenue is expected to come through advertising. I’ve heard that with the right site that advertising can be very profitable. Hmm…a thought is forming. One of the aspects of the new project was to come up with a great domain name, something that fit it perfectly. I had a few ideas, but one of them I thought was THE idea, but unfortunately it was catchy but not catchy enough for them. Since no one else wanted it I decided to buy it myself and embark on an…well…let’s call it an experiment.

The idea was to run a basic website, with something of interest that would 95% maintain itself. Through that simple formula, combined with some adult advertising, it could become a source of passive income eventually. On that note, I introduce to you – SuckitTube.com It’s very basic. I’m not a webmaster, I’m not a programmer, I’m just a systems administrator with some basic skills. The site took me all of two about hours to generate, add videos, and adult related advertising. The “point of interest” on the site is a collection of videos that play in the main section of the page. There is a collection of 80 videos, the current top 80, which gets refreshed hourly and the feature on the site gets updated every minute. Sooooo – the draw is the video with the hope that the videos will get refreshed by the viewer often to display more impressions and hopefully, provide a somewhat memorable experience. Unfortunately I don’t get paid on impressions, only clicks and, in some cases, signups on advertisers sites. Surprisingly tho, after only about 36 hours I’ve made approximately $2.00. That doesn’t sound like much but it adds up to about $60 of passive income. I’ll keep y’all posted on the progress 😉

So if you get the chance, and you’re not at work, and those who may be offended by racy advertising aren’t around – then check out SuckitTube.com and see what you think.

I need to clean this place up!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 10:45 am

I was looking through the site and I’ve noticed I haven’t kept it as tidy as I should have. If I find myself with some time in the near future then I’m going to start re-doing or updating the pages. I think I need to remove a few pages as well. The hard part is finding the time sometimes, but it’s got to be done – I found a page that hasn’t been updated since 2004….oy.

Hayden tested for his yellow belt on Monday and we’ll know next week if he got it. The wife, kid, dogs, cat, and car are all doing great. I guess that’s about it then.

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