Okay, I’ve gotten used to pr0n spam. I know it will invade my inbox in a sticky flood every time I check my e-mail. And hey - I admit that I like looking at pictures of nekkid people as much as the next guy (which is saying something considering the next guy is Bob Guccione). If virtually all pr0n spam weren’t an alligator’s nest of unkillable popup ads for the REALLY sick stuff, I might be convinced to click over once in a while.
But I thought we had an unspoken deal, pr0n spammers. I thought that it was understood that you would put the nudie pix at least one click away, so I had to CHOOSE to look at them. In return, I would just delete your lightly slime-coated messages with a moue of distaste (or a slight sigh of regret) instead of doing everything in my power to stop you.
But you have disregarded the tacit agreement. I was just going through my Hotmail here at work and there she was - completely nude except for a pair of thigh-highs, and reclining in a pose that left nothing to the imagination except what brand of shaving cream she had obviously used on her… you know. RIGHT THERE IN THE MESSAGE.
Fortunately no one saw - if the wrong person had been walking by my cubicle when your unsolicited smut spattered itself across my screen, I could have been fired for viewing prohibited content. Moreover, what if I’d been checking my e-mail at HOME, a home that I share with an eight-year-old boy who has a regrettable penchant for looking over my shoulder when I’m online?
What’s the message title? (So I can delete it without opening it. Not that I open spam anyway, as a matter of habit, but I’ll admit being fooled by a particularly deceptive subject line every now and again.)
Oh, and pr0n is a net-convention substitution designed to keep corporate web-browsing filters from being triggered by the word it replaces. (Swap the r and 0 and turn the 0 into an o. I think it’s kind of silly, and I’d just write it, but Troy must have his reasons, so far be it from me to negate his precedent in his own thread.)
In Outlook Express go to ‘View–>Layout’ and uncheck the ‘Show Preview Pane’ option. This way, you will only see the subject lines until you double-click on the subject. This makes it a lot easier to weed out the spam without having to download the body of each message.
Just to clarify, I wasn’t rolling my eyes at you, I was rolling my eyes at myself, and how my cautious and careful adherence to the OP’s standards was revealed to be silly and pointless for the reasons you state.
I got one of these a few weeks ago. Involving a chick…um…orally pleasuring…well - I guess it must have been a guy. I only saw one part of his anatomy. I was horrified. No kids, and not a LOT of concern about it being seen, but still…
I don’t WANT to turn off my preview pane. I LIKE having it there. Why should I have to eliminate one of my conveniences for their stupid sake?
Interestingly enough, Hewlitt Packard fired 2 and suspended 150 at their UK ops for “inappropriate use of e-mail”, per today’s BBC. This is supposedly for sending and receiving smutty e-mails. I’d hate to think I could get fired for receiving unsolicited smut. After all, there are so many legitimate reasons.
My company let someone go for this reason. If it were just spam, it would have been dismissed as such, but she was actively sending and receiving this stuff. Fortunately, since we don’t have HTML-enabled e-mail, no images were out there, but she did manage to offend some people by sending dirty jokes and such.
And I remember from my days in a member-support chat room on AOL that ‘pron’ was a joke because half of the losers would come in and make that as a typo. “were can I find pron?” etc. The transformation to d00d speak came a bit later, but I’m pretty sure the r -o switch came as a common typo made into a joke first.