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CosmicPal
05-26-2008, 12:09 PM
I've got a family member who still forwards about every email they get and it drives me crazy, mostly because, these emails are false.

For example, this family member sent me the latest Obama email:

Obama Explains National Anthem Stance


this is the worst.........

Hot on the heels of his explanation for why he no longer wears a flag pin, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was forced to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171, during rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

'As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides,' Obama said. 'There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it.'

WHAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!! He'd sooner stand up and salute a Coca Cola commercial than our National Anthem!!! And what's this taking sides crap? What country are you running for president of???

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this could possibly be our next president. I, for once, am speechless . . .

Now, of course, if you go to Snopes.com, they will prove that the email is a fabricated story.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/stance.asp

When I verify that these emails I receive are fabricated, I reply to this family member with the Snopes link and remind them to verify the facts before forwarding the email on.

What I would like to do, is REPLY ALL, and let everyone know that the email is fabricated.

Is that wrong? Am I embarrassing my own family member if I decide to REPLY ALL and expose the truth of these damn email ramblings?

I just get tired of receiving these fabricated emails and feel like I should be the one to show everyone the truth. I've already told my family member to verify everything with Snopes.com before forwarding it on, but they never listen.

Anyways, what's your take on this? Just ignore these emails?

Baconeater
05-26-2008, 12:13 PM
I just put the people who send those on my spam list.

Cntrygal
05-26-2008, 12:15 PM
As a general rule, I ignore/delete 99% of forwarded emails.

In the past, friends would send me the same kind of garbage that you're getting Cosmic. I did what you did... verify and replied back. Well, they never stopped... So, I did "reply to all" with some kind of "hey everyone, Thought you might be interested in knowing that Snopes found this to be false" (and of course provide the link).

I still get "junk" email - but not quite as much. :D

BWillie
05-26-2008, 12:17 PM
My mom sends about 5 stupid forwards a day. Then she always asks me if I got this one or that one and she tells me how funny it is. I act like I read it so she doesn't feel bad. I just want to send a huge font bolded reply sometime though and go STOP SENDING ME THIS STUPID SHIT. But I can't do that

Stinger
05-26-2008, 12:26 PM
Antifrees'em

Cntrygal
05-26-2008, 12:29 PM
My mom sends about 5 stupid forwards a day. Then she always asks me if I got this one or that one and she tells me how funny it is. I act like I read it so she doesn't feel bad. I just want to send a huge font bolded reply sometime though and go STOP SENDING ME THIS STUPID SHIT. But I can't do that

Start sending her LOTS of junk email - every day.

mikeyis4dcats.
05-26-2008, 12:46 PM
I combat these emails by replying to all with a snopes link. Before long they feel stupid, and stop.

stlchiefs
05-26-2008, 12:56 PM
My mom sends about 5 stupid forwards a day. Then she always asks me if I got this one or that one and she tells me how funny it is. I act like I read it so she doesn't feel bad. I just want to send a huge font bolded reply sometime though and go STOP SENDING ME THIS STUPID SHIT. But I can't do that

Sign her up for a bunch of porn sites. That'll spam her off the net.

vailpass
05-26-2008, 12:56 PM
Osama won't stand for the national anthem?
I'll bet he'd stand if they played the theme from "The Jeffersons" LMAO

Well we're movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

Lawd yes, I can see him and Michelle just getting DOWN in a presidential pimp sort of way.

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 01:04 PM
I don't know if it's rude or not, but when I receive an email that snopes confirms as false, I tend to "reply all" with the link, just to illustrate the dumbassery of whoever sent it in the first place.

When I receive religious ones, I send the following:

Dear Contributor,

I have received your forwarded email, and thank you for your submission. I regret to inform you it does not meet my supernatural requirements at this time. Good luck in your future endeavors.

The Editor

The number of dumb forwards I've received has dropped dramatically since adopting this policy.

vailpass
05-26-2008, 01:07 PM
I don't know if it's rude or not, but when I receive an email that snopes confirms as false, I tend to "reply all" with the link, just to illustrate the dumbassery of whoever sent it in the first place.

When I receive religious ones, I send the following:

Dear Contributor,

I have received your forwarded email, and thank you for your submission. I regret to inform you it does not meet my supernatural requirements at this time. Good luck in your future endeavors.

The Editor

The number of dumb forwards I've received has dropped dramatically since adopting this policy.

LMAO I am so stealing that from you.

CosmicPal
05-26-2008, 01:09 PM
I don't know if it's rude or not, but when I receive an email that snopes confirms as false, I tend to "reply all" with the link, just to illustrate the dumbassery of whoever sent it in the first place.

When I receive religious ones, I send the following:

Dear Contributor,

I have received your forwarded email, and thank you for your submission. I regret to inform you it does not meet my supernatural requirements at this time. Good luck in your future endeavors.

The Editor

The number of dumb forwards I've received has dropped dramatically since adopting this policy.

LOL...that's great.

If it were a friend or co-worker sending these emails, I have no problem replying all with the snopes link. But, a family member, in my opinion, creates a rather unique sensitivity.

vailpass
05-26-2008, 01:11 PM
LOL...that's great.

If it were a friend or co-worker sending these emails, I have no problem replying all with the snopes link. But, a family member, in my opinion, creates a rather unique sensitivity.

Totally agree. Let's face it, when you reply with a Snopes link you are in essence saying: "what you said was totally false and here is documentation to prove same. Are you a liar or just an ididot for believing this crap?"

Bwana
05-26-2008, 01:12 PM
I just sent a member of the family a link to snoops after I kept getting a bunch of those.

Adept Havelock
05-26-2008, 01:15 PM
LOL...that's great.

If it were a friend or co-worker sending these emails, I have no problem replying all with the snopes link. But, a family member, in my opinion, creates a rather unique sensitivity.

I've got a couple of relatives who are a little huffy at family functions because of my response to their repeated religious emails. AFAICS, it's their problem. One in particular keeps sending me "save my soul" emails, so I usually respond with excerpts from the Principia Discordia, the writings of Epicurus, or a few of the Founding Fathers.

If it's a family member, I ask them nicely once to stop. If that doesn't work, it's time to go back to my original response protocol. If it's a snopes worthy link, I send it to them with a "just thought you might like to know" preface to soften the blow a bit.

It won't work for everyone, but it works for me.

Cntrygal
05-26-2008, 01:17 PM
Think of it as saving your family member from looking like an idiot to all the other family/friends of family/friends of family/friends that the original email gets forwarded &reforwarded too - with their name as the originator.

Extra Point
05-26-2008, 01:34 PM
Nothing is as abhorrent as getting those "Good Luck" and "God's Blessings" emails that state that if you don't forward them, you'll incur disaster.

trndobrd
05-26-2008, 01:48 PM
LOL...that's great.

If it were a friend or co-worker sending these emails, I have no problem replying all with the snopes link. But, a family member, in my opinion, creates a rather unique sensitivity.

Then they should be especially sensitive when you forward a "reprimand" from your "employer" threatening your job if you continue to receive so many non work related emails.

CosmicPal
05-26-2008, 03:18 PM
Okay...what do you guys think of this? LOL...thought I would create a helpful chain email to send to my family and friends. Instead of replying all the time, I thought I'd teach everyone a little etiquette.

Email Etiquette 101

If you’re going to forward any email to your family, friends, and co-workers, please consider forwarding this one. This is not a knock on any one person in particular for I receive chain emails from everyone so we are all at fault here, including my self.

The motivation for this email is to hopefully shine some light on those chain emails we all receive from time to time. There is a plethora of anonymous individuals who create and send fabricated tales- some of which are based on actual events, but the creator bends the truth in such a way to manipulate others to instill their beliefs. So, I want to begin with one website that provides simple logic behind the emails we all receive: http://www.snopes.com

My first advice is to bookmark this URL: http://www.snopes.com

Bookmarking means to save a URL in your browser so you can access it with ease in the future.

If you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, you would follow these steps to bookmark your favorite website: Go to Favorites at the top of your browser window and select Add to Favorites. A pop-up window will display and you then select Add.

If you are using Firefox as your browser, Go to Bookmarks at the top of your browser window and select Bookmark This Page.

It’s that simple. You have now saved a website to your Favorites, so you can access it in the future without having to type in the URL.

URL, by the way, stands for Uniform Resource Locater. It means nothing more than a webpage address, such as http://www.snopes.com

While we’re at it, here’s another acronym you should all be familiar with: NSFW

NSFW = Not Safe for Work. It simply means that the email you are sending out to everyone contains material that may not be suitable for employees to view/read while at the office. Believe it or not, a great many people have been terminated by opening an email you sent them that contained material considered Not Safe for Work. So, if you are sending a chain email to everyone, and you think it might not be appropriate, even a dirty joke, then it would polite for you to say- NSFW. Once the individual sees that it’s NSFW, then they would know to forward it to their personal email at home and read it there.

Now back to Snopes.com. Here are a few examples of chain emails we all receive:

Here’s a goodie I’m sure we all received: Cell phone users must register their numbers with the national “Do Not Call” directory by a given deadline to prevent the cell phone numbers from being released to telemarketers. FALSE!

Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself by going to http://www.snopes.com

In the search window, type in “Cell Phones” The very first link is “Cell Phone Numbers Given to Telemarketers. Click on that link and you can view the Status of that chain email. You can even read up on the origins of the chain email.

You may have received the chain email that claims The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US in 2001 and the train bombings in Madrid, Spain, in 2004, were separated by 911 days. TRUE!

Yes, that chain email is indeed TRUE. If you want to verify for yourself the accuracy of the email, you could go to http://www.snopes.com and copy the subject of the email: 911 Days. There you would find the link that proves the chain mails accuracy.

Since you verified the accuracy of that email, you can then forward it on knowing you’re not upsetting everyone with a fabricated email.

Lastly, Microsoft is not giving away free money by forwarding any of their emails. Nor are you going to receive 7 years of bad luck if you don’t forward an email. Please, for your own good, don’t forward those emails. Save our Inboxes. Mostly, save yourself the embarrassment.

Thank you,
Your Internet Friend.

ChiefsFan4Life
05-26-2008, 03:22 PM
I combat these emails by replying to all with a snopes link. Before long they feel stupid, and stop.

This is the best thing in the world - I do the exact same thing as you, it's a good way to both kill the email chain and make the person feel like an idiot

PastorMikH
05-26-2008, 06:26 PM
If you are suffering from an over-abundance of forwarded email from someone, simply put their email addy on this thread and we can all forward them what we get with a not that says, "CosmicPal thought you would like this."


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