Angry Spammer

Thursday, May 24, 2012

One "Miriam Silverstein" sent me an email:

"Why Victoria Strauss Should be Disqualified from the First Annual Independent Blogger Awards: Questions of Eligibility Remain Regarding the Meaning of “Independent”
http://thewriteagenda.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/why-victoria-stauss-should-be-disqualified-from-the-first-annual-independent-blogger-awards-questions-of-eligibility-remain-regarding-the-meaning-of-independent/
This electronic mail transmission and any attachments are confidential and may be privileged. They should be read or retained only by the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the transmission from your system.
"

I was a bit confused by all this and tweeted about it, causing Jules Jones to explain the whole ongoing feud-type thing behind this blog. Strauss asked to see the email, so I forwarded it to her. It is after all about her, the email is essentially devoid of content other than the link, and it was spam (an unsolicited mass mailing). So I don't see any implied confidentially whatsoever.

Miriam Facebooked me:

"What part of : This electronic mail transmission and any attachments are confidential and may be privileged. They should be read or retained only by the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the transmission from your system . . . don't you get? You got screwed by VS and you're still kissing her ass."

The funny thing is, until Miriam emailed me I could not have picked Strauss out of a line up and did not have her email address. Having now looked into the whole thing I have indeed lined up to kiss her ass or some metaphorical equivalent thereof (i.e. 'friended' her on Facebook).

 If you are an author discussing a publisher, confidentially is implied, immediate and absolute. If you are bringing me some other kind of drama-llama hissy fit, do not expect me to fall in line with your agenda.

7 comments:

Anonymous,  11:39 AM  

Rofl. What an ass.

S.M. Carrière 12:35 PM  

Yeah. These people are ... 'special.'

Emily Veinglory: 2:42 PM  

Something weird is going on with comments on this blog. I turned off Intensedebate but some comments still seem to go there instead of here. If your comment seems to disappear, this is probably why. I am working on it.

M Barnette 3:59 PM  

Wow, agenda much?

Frankly I think Victoria does a great job, and while the blog is connected to SFWA, she's the driving force and it's creator.

So what she has 'helpers'. There's so much data coming in to them no one could handle it solo.

St. Andrew 10:14 PM  

Heh...I got the same email too! (via Facebook messaging). WTF.

jenn 3:34 PM  

I don't understand how a link to something readily available and searchable on the internet could be considered confidential and priviledged.

Andrew S. Balfour,  6:06 PM  

I strongly suspect that, of all the people who add that adorable confidentiality statement to their emails, very few have taken the time to find out if it actually has any legal weight. IANAL, but I'm pretty sure it's worth about as much as saying "By reading this, you agree to give me your dog".

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