FanDuel - WFBC

March 28, 2006

Hey -: Noticed your profile on Sportsfilter and thought you would be interested in a new sports community . . . I'm curious how many other profiles this spammer fellow has "noticed". Anyone else got email from Aaron Wright about the "Ultimate Sports Community" he and his bussies put together?

posted by danostuporstar to navel gazing at 06:59 AM - 97 comments

err, *buddies*

posted by danostuporstar at 07:00 AM on March 28

I didn't get one. Maybe you're special, dano!

posted by JJ at 07:18 AM on March 28

Yeah I got one of these. I'm special too!

posted by afx237vi at 07:26 AM on March 28

It looks like non-members can email addresses. Requiring membership probably would not really stop anybody, but it's a start.

posted by danostuporstar at 07:31 AM on March 28

*see* email addresses

posted by danostuporstar at 07:36 AM on March 28

What!? I thought I was special! My profile got "noticed" too.

posted by Amateur at 07:39 AM on March 28

I didn't get one. Fuck that dude for pre-emptively rejecting me from his crap website and sparing me spam! You know what? I'm in Bullpen Pro's profile. I'm still someone to somebody!

posted by jerseygirl at 08:33 AM on March 28

I'm special too. This sucks. Especially since his ultimate sports community was featured on the front page not so long ago. I figure that should have been enough for him.

posted by qbert72 at 08:43 AM on March 28

It wasn't really this guy sending them was it?

posted by njsk8r20 at 08:44 AM on March 28

Interesting, qbert. I wonder if the referral logs brought him here? I didn't want to check out the site based on the email, but at least now I know it's spam from a decent site.

posted by danostuporstar at 08:46 AM on March 28

Strange...I got a solicitation to check out some NCAA blog based on my SpoFi membership, but didn't get this one. I feel slighted. I'm still someone to somebody! Amen, sister!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:54 AM on March 28

My new goal in life is to organize the JerseyGirl Memorial Clam Shot Co-Ed Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. I'm honored. P.S. Your mom has a clam shot.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:56 AM on March 28

I got one too. What does that say about me? Why was I sent one? Am I on some kind of "suspicious persons" list? We are not all going to die now or anything are we? We have all been "noticed," that can't be good can it? I had better not be on some kind of double-secret-probation list? Or worse yet, someone's dead pool... Besides, what kind of sick fucker goes around "noticing" peoples profiles, huh?

posted by chris2sy at 10:16 AM on March 28

My guess would be that everyone has been "noticed" by a an email-sucking web spider, and that some of us' spam filters work better than others'.

posted by qbert72 at 10:30 AM on March 28

Does everyone who was 'noticed' use gmail? I do.

posted by danostuporstar at 10:34 AM on March 28

I use every provider in the phonebook, but my email here is at Yahoo! This allows me to end innocuous sentences with exclamation marks.

posted by qbert72 at 10:40 AM on March 28

Besides, what kind of sick fucker goes around "noticing" peoples profiles, huh? He was actually checking out your ass.

posted by jerseygirl at 10:43 AM on March 28

Does everyone who was 'noticed' use gmail? I do. Use Gmail. Did not get invited. Feel . . . moderately ok about the whole thing.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on March 28

I got one. (I have gmail too. interesting.) It doesn't seem like a malevolent thing, but still, I don't respond well to spamming. Has anyone gone back there periodically to check it out, or was this weekend the second time giving the place the once-over for anyone else too?

posted by chicobangs at 11:59 AM on March 28

I don't use Gmail! I mean, I don't use Gmail. qbert got me a little excited there. I had not been back to the site since the FPP.

posted by Amateur at 12:03 PM on March 28

I also think it's not malevolent. For me it depends on the process: where we really "noticed" by a benevolent onlooker, or grabbed by a bot and mass-mailed? I recall not so long ago receiving an unsolicited email entitled "The SportsFilter Cometh" saying:

we would like to extend a special invitation to MeFi members who have actively participated in Sports discussions in the past. We want you to go to the site and be our proto-members
If I had cried "Spam!" I would not today be the proud owner of a really low user number in this here community.

posted by qbert72 at 12:15 PM on March 28

Use Gmail. Did get invited. Feel . . . moderately ok about the whole thing.

posted by catfish at 12:18 PM on March 28

How come nobody wants to stalk me? I didn't get invited!!!

posted by wingnut4life at 12:37 PM on March 28

My profile was noticed. I use Yahoo!

posted by bperk at 12:56 PM on March 28

It's dry and lacks the atmosphere of this place, but it's not the worst site in the world. I'll throw it in the bookmarks and have a peek every once in a while, but that's about it.

posted by chicobangs at 01:09 PM on March 28

It's dry and lacks the atmosphere of this place But does it have a snappy rhythm and a beat you can dance to?

posted by jerseygirl at 01:37 PM on March 28

I have a gmail account. And I got invited. But I got invited by a SpoFi user, so all is well. And I didn't get the spam. But I don't list my gmail address on my profile page. Not like that would really matter.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:48 PM on March 28

jerseygirl: not that I can tell. can't touch this

posted by chicobangs at 02:29 PM on March 28

Noticed your profile on Sportsfilter and thought you would be interested in a new sports community . . . You know, that actually sounds kind of familar. For shits and giggles I clicked on my AIM screen name in my profile and this is the IM it automatically sent: "Hi I know you're busy but I saw your name on SportsFilter and ..." Are you sure it is spam and not an automatically generated invitation from someone clicking on one of those "tell a friend about us" kind of links? I'm not sure if that sight has one of those, I searched briefly, but didn't find one.

posted by njsk8r20 at 02:47 PM on March 28

P.S. Your mom has a clam shot. Nope...she had that operation. She still has to wear the special girdle, but other than that, she's fine.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:02 PM on March 28

I missed out on the invite, but then I don't put my email up on the profile. For good reason it seems. Not naming names, but I gave my email to another SpoFi member a few months ago, and then immediately started receiving spam, which I hadn't got before. Coincidence? Maybe.

posted by owlhouse at 03:22 PM on March 28

Use Gmail. Did not get invited. Wait for it, I just got mine. Unfortunately I don't own an armchair so I think I'm unqualified. Mostly I'm just mad it took so long to get my invite. Is there some pecking order here?

posted by YukonGold at 04:39 PM on March 28

Using Gmail, I got an invitation. And then, silent as a clam, shot it into my deleted mail folder.

posted by cobra! at 04:50 PM on March 28

I use Yahoo and just got the email today. A question though, has anyone actually gone there and checked it out a bit?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:26 PM on March 28

Unfortunately I don't own an armchair Too bad for you fuckers there isn't a Herman Miller chair-GM site.

posted by yerfatma at 05:42 PM on March 28

Don' t you all see whats going on here?! They're trying to cash in on SpoFi's growth by pillaging us for our users. Boo!! I say Boo, in your general direction sir!! Clearly the Gauntlet has been thrown. We must crush them with wave after wave of dyslexic new users till they beg for mercy. We will set them running to their ISPs begging for the server to be shut off! The internets will run red with the blood of wiki-posting clods with no regard for punctuation or grammar!! Remember they can take our newbies, but they will never take our FPP's!! I have gmail, and didn't receive an invite either. Regardless, their site still blows. And Shame on Herman Miller.

posted by lilnemo at 05:50 PM on March 28

It's spam. Aaron/Armchair may be well-intentioned, but mass-emailing all the users in a community is bullshit. I vote to make email addresses visible only when you're logged in, and instantly ban anyone that does something like this. What he's doing is worse than a self-link.

posted by dusted at 06:29 PM on March 28

Ah-ha! Just got the spam. I'm somebody!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:16 PM on March 28

Ah, fuck this guy.... I wasn't invited.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:17 PM on March 28

Wait for it. I finally got mine. So excited.

posted by yerfatma at 07:26 PM on March 28

Fuck that dude. I have been stood up.

posted by jerseygirl at 07:29 PM on March 28

That site? Major sux0r. Where's the T.O. talk?

posted by YukonGold at 07:47 PM on March 28

Fuck that dude. I have been stood up. me too. he could at least call.. :*(

posted by ninjavshippo at 08:08 PM on March 28

What's all this about "invites"? I was "noticed" dammit! *checks email* Ah, an "invite". Whaddayaknow. Playing hard to get gets one doubly spammed apparently.

posted by danostuporstar at 08:49 PM on March 28

Well ArmchairGM was linked on this important PSA about Coach K so maybe I should cut them some slack.

posted by danostuporstar at 09:27 PM on March 28

I didn't get noticed or invited. Nor did I check my bulk folders before deleting their contents mind you. So let's just say that I was both noticed and invited, but Yahoo! decided I wouldn't want to know about it. Yeah - let's say that.

posted by JJ at 04:06 AM on March 29

Aaron/Armchair may be well-intentioned, but mass-emailing all the users in a community is bullshit. I second that emotion. I've changed the site so that e-mail addresses are only displayed to logged in users.

posted by rcade at 08:03 AM on March 29

I second that emotion Thanks for the earworm, rcade, you bastard.

posted by JJ at 08:17 AM on March 29

I was very excited about the prospects of this site until I realized it was "Armchair" and not "Armhair". Seriously, I make Ron Jeremy look like Ziggy Stardust.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:59 AM on March 29

frazer, you may have just hit upon a huge untapped market. Huuuuuuge.

posted by chicobangs at 11:37 AM on March 29

Are we talking about an untapped market, or Ron Jeremy? Ha!

posted by wfrazerjr at 12:34 PM on March 29

'untapped' and 'Ron Jeremy' in the same sentence... Wow, that's a wicked oxymoron!

posted by wingnut4life at 12:52 PM on March 29

Like JJ, I generally delete bulk messages with barely a glance, so I may or may not have received an invite. Unconfirmable. In a related story, I have been receiving some spam in which the "From" address is the actual e-mail address of registered SpoFi users. The messages generally conveyed are "Will you please shut the hell up" or "Stay away from SportsFilter, you scumbag." Anyone else getting these?

posted by BullpenPro at 02:33 PM on March 29

No, no idea about those. How peculiar!

posted by jerseygirl at 02:36 PM on March 29

My bad, BP. That should have read, "Stay away from SportsFilter, you douchebag."

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:48 PM on March 29

Douché, mon frère.

posted by BullpenPro at 04:53 PM on March 29

I don't know about that bullpenpro, but I've been assured that any email I ever send you will never be read.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:21 PM on March 29

I got an invite, but I feel like it was a pity invite, and now I am boycotting based on principle.

posted by jerseygirl at 05:30 PM on March 29

Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:42 PM on March 29

I feel like it was a pity invite What? Now we're analysing the motivations behind spam? But if you don't like my principles, I have others.

posted by owlhouse at 06:44 PM on March 29

Nobody puts Baby in the corner!

posted by jerseygirl at 06:50 PM on March 29

I'm missing something, aren't I? Pulls antipodean head in.

posted by owlhouse at 07:06 PM on March 29

One of the greatest lines ever spoken by Jerry Orbach.

posted by rcade at 07:18 PM on March 29

or Patrick Swayze.

posted by jerseygirl at 07:25 PM on March 29

One of the greatest lines ever spoken by Jerry Orbach I always preferred 'Home Alone is a movie, not an alibi.'

posted by owlhouse at 07:53 PM on March 29

I got one! I got one! Well, sort of. I too feel a little pittied. There was no mention of being noticed or invited, just a bare statement of fact ("You are a member of Sportsfilter") and a poorly articulated aspiration ("as such, we'd have hoped you would be interested in..."). [insert funny movie line it's too early in the morning to think of here]

posted by JJ at 03:49 AM on March 30

I'm still blacklisted. I'm taking the rest of the day off to rest my bruised ego. Oh and - "The doctor described Ed's insides as a rocky place, where my seed could find no purchase."

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:54 AM on March 30

Woke up this mornin', checked the mail, and there it was atop my list of various oddities and notes from dear ol mom. At last my invitation to what ever these guys are sellin'. Guess now they are waiting to Count DeMoney! And Weedy my kind sir you are welcome to have me invite as I am waiting for a Miracle.

posted by Folkways at 08:59 AM on March 30

Don't get saucy with me, Bernaise.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:07 AM on March 30

Yup, I got mine this morning, too. I kinda feel like the kid who got picked last in school...

posted by wingnut4life at 10:11 AM on March 30

Guess now they are waiting to Count DeMoney! Image hosting by Photobucket

posted by chris2sy at 10:15 AM on March 30

Oh pissboy! Wait for the shake...

posted by wingnut4life at 10:16 AM on March 30

Hooray! I finally received my invite. I no longer feel like the sad little puppy getting kicked around by the drunken biker.

posted by willthrill72 at 10:21 AM on March 30

It's spam. Stop talking about it like someone's handing out fivers in the street.

posted by chicobangs at 11:48 AM on March 30

Hey, I got one. And it came with a coupon for five dollars off the subscription rate.

posted by BullpenPro at 12:17 PM on March 30

I did not get the email about the free street fivers. But... I did get a nice email from a Nigerian man who urgently needs my assistant. I don't have an assistant, but I think he means he needs help. Can anyone help me wire him $2500 so his brother can be freed from politcal prison? When he flees to America, they are going to pay us back 250,000!

posted by jerseygirl at 12:40 PM on March 30

It's spam. Stop talking about it like someone's handing out fivers in the street. Yeah, where's that angry mob when you need it?

posted by qbert72 at 12:56 PM on March 30

When he flees to America, they are going to pay us back 250,000! Sweet merciful Jeebus, that'll pay for Atheist's gender-sensitivity training...with beer money left over! Life is good.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:00 PM on March 30

I got one, which disproved my idea that not participating in this thread would render me immune from spamttention.

posted by gspm at 01:36 PM on March 30

I didn't get an invite but here's $5 (USD) from my paypal account for Atheist's gender-sensitivity training. There is a thread on another really cool Ultimate Sports Community site about hoaxing some old folks on a primitive sports forum.

posted by irunfromclones at 01:39 PM on March 30

There's another really cool Ultimate Sports Community site ? Really? We should sue them.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:42 PM on March 30

Not only that TBH, but it should give you the money you need to organize the "JerseyGirl Memorial Clam Shot Co-Ed Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament."

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:08 PM on March 30

I'm also for donating some of the 250,000 to the YYMCA. You know, they have everything for you men to enjoy; you can hang out with all the boys ...

posted by jerseygirl at 06:34 PM on March 30

Topper.

posted by yerfatma at 07:18 PM on March 30

If we do that, I so totally want dibs on being the construction worker. He's so saucy!

posted by chicobangs at 07:45 PM on March 30

I got the email *twice* I've never even POSTED here. WHAT THE HECK

posted by Dan121377 at 07:46 PM on March 30

That's just one of the many benefits you'll enjoy as being a member of the SpoFi Family. Also included in our benefits package: - A free cheese basket from Hickory Farms - Discounts on all CDs 17.99 and over at Record Town. - A free Glenn Close video rental at Blockbuster - Spam - Deviled Ham - Hash Browns - Emails you don't want Welcome Dan!

posted by jerseygirl at 08:33 PM on March 30

If we do that, I so totally want dibs on being the construction worker. Well you'll need to commit a felony to catch up on old times with miss piggy

posted by catfish at 09:00 PM on March 30

Dan - how did you get the email? Yours isn't listed in your profile.

posted by skydivemom at 09:08 PM on March 30

He probably removed it, because he doesn't want our benefits package.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:16 PM on March 30

How could you not want that benefits package? Man, I'm hungry now. I still haven't got an invite. But I can waste enough time on Spofi, I don't need to join another site. But I did get an offer to be some girls f-buddy.

posted by njsk8r20 at 09:44 PM on March 30

jerseygirl wins. I went from one email address listed to zero.

posted by Dan121377 at 08:54 AM on March 31

To make matters worse, I went there. To make things even worse, I actually *liked* the funny signs article. Now I feel dirty.

posted by Dan121377 at 08:58 AM on March 31

They're still coming in. I just got mine. Non-standard email address in a format that had to be typed by an actual person. They're good tryers.

posted by geekyguy at 05:27 PM on March 31

Nah, just more persistent than they are smart.

posted by chicobangs at 05:43 PM on March 31

well, they did manage to snag a q & a with jim bouton. (actually future q & a. there's still time to submit a question) (via baseball musings)

posted by goddam at 08:26 PM on March 31

The q&a is cool. We should front page it, but is that site now not eligible for front paging?

posted by Dan121377 at 11:21 AM on April 01

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