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I Hate Chain Mail

No it’s not mediaeval battle amour that I don’t like, it’s the sort that can clog-up your inbox.  It can range from the sickeningly sweet to vitriolic all in the one document.

I know that chain letters pre-date the internet and email, and probably even chain mail. The only way of dealing with it is the same as we would a virus – send it to digital purgatory.  It is everyone’s duty to break the chain, and save your friends some bandwidth.

The sentiment in this one, the Irish friendship wish, is laudable enough. There is no threat of terrible consequences for failing to forward it (in this version), and the promise of good luck, etc if you do. The sentiment would be even nicer without the tacky how much luck, and how fast you get it at the end.  If you really care about someone enough to send this go and buy them a fridge magnet, or a T-Shirt (with “been there, done that, got the t-shirt!” printed on the back).  If you do think that it will brighten-up a friend’s day do that person a favour and trim the crap off of it first!  Remember the Golden Rule [W] – “do to others what you would have them do to you.”

The Urban Legend website has a nice spin on this email here [^], with an in-depth analysis of each line of the “wish”.  Sophos [^], the anti-virus and -spam vendor has another version of this email and advice that: “Forwarding unsolicited chain letters wastes time and bandwidth.”  Sound advice indeed! 

Oh, did you want to read it?  Sorry I’m not going to post it, it has already polluted the internet enough, I am not even going to link to it!