August 06, 2007

Anyone else get spammed by ArmchairGM?:

posted by jerseygirl to navel gazing at 10:15 PM - 49 comments

From: ArmchairGM@armchairgm.com Date: 8/6/2007 10:17:06 PM To: yourmom@lovesemail.com Subject: World's Biggest Cubs Fan wants you to join him at ArmchairGM! Hi! Your friend, World's Biggest Cubs Fan, is addicted to ArmchairGM, the ultimate sports community! Cubs Fan wants to talk sports and reconnect with you on ArmchairGM. Click this link to say YES! -- http://www.armchairgm.com/index.php?title=Special:UserRegister&from=1&referral=Enybo (Please respond -- we don't want Cubs Fan to think you said "no!") The ArmchairGM Team

posted by jerseygirl at 10:16 PM on August 06

I didn't get spammed (my email address is not listed in my profile -- feel free to send me an email if you'd like it), but that sounds like a pretty awesome sports community!!!! It's, like, the ultimate.

posted by holden at 11:02 PM on August 06

i got spammed too. at first i thought it was from one of the skydivefolk.

posted by goddam at 11:42 PM on August 06

I got it.

posted by apoch at 04:02 AM on August 07

What, you guys are too big, too popular to hang out with your old friend World's Biggest Cubs Fan? Man, I don't even know who you are anymore.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:29 AM on August 07

No offense, but they spammed me months ago, loser.

posted by yerfatma at 05:32 AM on August 07

Those Armchairs have been all over me like a sofa for months - years even.

posted by JJ at 06:43 AM on August 07

Well TBH, to be frank, or maybe even george, I'm not sure who the World's Biggest Cubs Fan is. If I did, maybe I would hang out.

posted by apoch at 07:12 AM on August 07

man, still not good enough to be spammed like the cool kids. *sniff*

posted by scully at 07:25 AM on August 07

Nope. But then my provider has been filtering out legit emails lately, too. So I don't even know if I'm cool*. *But if you have to ask, then I guess you're not...

posted by owlhouse at 07:38 AM on August 07

Probably yet another secret admirer JG. Just being coy and disguising himself as a spammer. Can I get some examples on how exactly you are the biggest Cubs fan? We talking height, weight, IQ?

posted by YukonGold at 08:19 AM on August 07

i got spammed too. at first i thought it was from one of the skydivefolk. posted by goddam at 11:42 PM CDT on August 6 Hey Now!

posted by skydivemom at 11:42 AM on August 07

I wonder if there's a way to hide user info/profile info from other spofi members with under 25 recent comments. The reasoning behind it is to stop people from joining the site, phishing user info and them spamming us... Don't even know if it's at all possible, but just a weak stab at a possible solution.

posted by jerseygirl at 11:57 AM on August 07

Hey Now! no, no. not that i thought you'd spam me. i saw the World's Biggest Cubs Fan, and you guys are the only cubs fans i know. The reasoning behind it is to stop people from joining the site, phishing user info and them spamming us... maybe we can report this user to ArmchairGM?

posted by goddam at 12:07 PM on August 07

no, no. not that i thought you'd spam me. i saw the World's Biggest Cubs Fan, and you guys are the only cubs fans i know. Hey Now!

posted by NoMich at 12:30 PM on August 07

I got one today. Please don't stop them. I like getting mail, especially from friendly singles who just want to chat. Boy, they sure are friendly!

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 12:30 PM on August 07

I like getting mail, especially from friendly singles who just want to chat. Like those lawyers of long lost relatives in Uganda who died in a fiery plane crash and you're getting all the money?

posted by YukonGold at 12:36 PM on August 07

Like those lawyers of long lost relatives in Uganda who died in a fiery plane crash and you're getting all the money? My lawyer was from Nigeria. Plus I only got 40% of the 46 million.

posted by hawkguy at 12:42 PM on August 07

Hope that wasn't 18.4 million naira . Ought to wait for them to move to a petrodollar.

posted by yerfatma at 01:44 PM on August 07

maybe we can report this user to ArmchairGM? There appears to be some sort of reward/point system over there... that appears to be based on a referral system. Regardless, I sort of think they don't care if we are getting spammed... us being competition and all. Plus they spent a decent amount of time linking to their own stories as FPPs here.

posted by jerseygirl at 02:52 PM on August 07

(Please respond -- we don't want Cubs Fan to think you said "no!") Yeah, JG, all the cool kids are doing it. Lemme give you your first taste for free.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:10 PM on August 07

What's going on JG? We had this same discussion in March 06 (check archives) & you made like 6 comments, including one where you got an invite. Are you one of the others?

posted by catfish at 05:40 PM on August 07

I should have commented in that old lockerroom thread, right? Oh man, my bad!

posted by jerseygirl at 06:32 PM on August 07

As I said, you commented many times on that thread. You also wrote that you received an invite. Bad memory, that's fine. Viral campaign, that's not.

posted by catfish at 06:48 PM on August 07

You're accusing me of being with Armchair GM and this is my clumsy attempt of viral marketing? I don't know if I am more pretend-offended by the implication that I am with that lousy site or I am a clumsy moron. I'll have you know, sir, I'm not a clumsy moron. In fact, I'm actually posing as a 13 year old girl trying to lure men to my house for sex so I can have Chris Hansen from Dateline pop out of a cabinet and yell at them. Couple things you might find noteworthy. First, the interesting thing in that archived lockerroom thread you mentioned (and this wasn't apparent from that particular lockerroom thread) is that Dan121377 fellow ended up self-linking the hell out of the front page with his own articles at Armchair GM. I know this because I was communicating with Gary and/or rcade (think it was Gary actually) about it when it was happening. I noticed a correlation in the poster and the links in their FPPs and said something. Secondly, Dan was actually really clumsy (he could also have been posing as a decoy 13 year old girl too. Who knows). If you poked around a little more in the archives, searching out 'Armchair GM' maybe, you would have come across this doozy of a thread where we outed an Armchair GM guy. It wasn't the first FPP he linked to at armchairgm.com where "Dan Lewis" was the author, either. He eventually got banned for it, if I recall. So yeah, I'm the first one to piss and moan about guidelines, linking them to everyone and their mom, send comments to Gary and rcade, but it's really hiding my secret identity as World's Worst Viral Marketer. And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!

posted by jerseygirl at 07:18 PM on August 07

So why bring up your spam email. I could care less if you were an "other", it was a joke. This was discussed, in full, a year & a half ago, why do we need another round.

posted by catfish at 08:58 PM on August 07

Now they've got us turning on each other?! This completely negates my enjoyment of the Cartoon Network Scooby Doo marathon from last Sunday.

posted by yerfatma at 09:10 PM on August 07

Sorry ma. I'll stop. It just seemed odd. Six comments over spam in March 06 & then rehashing it, well...whatever

posted by catfish at 09:17 PM on August 07

JG, I believe catfish's point is that you are restating a known issue: Armchair GM spams SportsFilter members. It's no more clear here what we're supposed to do about it than it was in the last thread. Personally, I don't think you deserve to catch so much grief for it. We always have a new collection of members that weren't around for the original thread. And at the very worst, these threads almost invariably devolve into something really hilarious. I've been on jumbotrons for two consecutive weekends during two different historic sports events. Top that, fame-seekers! On edit: what yerfatmå said

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 09:22 PM on August 07

I've been on jumbotrons for two consecutive weekends during two different historic sports events. Put some pants on already.

posted by YukonGold at 09:29 PM on August 07

It points out it's happening again, Crafty, so maybe there's something that can be done about it to prevent it from becoming a regular thing. Some brainstorming. I tried to steer this in that direction. At the very least, it'd let people know who are newer that it is spam and our email addresses were phished out of our profiles so do what you wish to prevent that if you care. And then, of course, the hilarity is always a nice bonus for us around here. Levity always helps. We restate lots of issues in the lockerroom - "what happened to our archives", "this isn't a good post", "where are the interviews", "the FPPs have been great lately, good work!" etc. There's no hard and fast rule about repeating it. I've been on jumbotrons for two consecutive weekends during two different historic sports events. Is Jeter still pressing charges? Me personally, I don't think you did anything wrong, dude. There's nothing wrong with a heavily intoxicated man stripping nude, leaping on the field and bear hugging his very favorite player. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No, not just for some but for everyone.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:46 PM on August 07

I mean, it's 'newer', which is good, and a 'ma' in front of it, which is also good. Ma-newer , right?

posted by catfish at 09:54 PM on August 07

It points out it's happening again, Crafty, so maybe there's something that can be done about it to prevent it from becoming a regular thing. You're right. We need to do something. Maybe we can get the Ad Council to run a new anti-spam PSA campaign. All we need is a spokesperson. Someone with solid on-screen experience. Like, twice in the last two weekends. (See... getting naked and screaming "Look at me! Look at me!" works in almost any forum. Even written forums. And Jumbotron Manufacturers Conventions. Anywhere.)

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 10:26 PM on August 07

Couple things you might find noteworthy. First, the interesting thing in that archived lockerroom thread you mentioned (and this wasn't apparent from that particular lockerroom thread) is that Dan121377 fellow ended up self-linking the hell out of the front page with his own articles at Armchair GM. I know this because I was communicating with Gary and/or rcade (think it was Gary actually) about it when it was happening. I noticed a correlation in the poster and the links in their FPPs and said something. Secondly, Dan was actually really clumsy (he could also have been posing as a decoy 13 year old girl too. Who knows). If you poked around a little more in the archives, searching out 'Armchair GM' maybe, you would have come across this doozy of a thread where we outed an Armchair GM guy. It wasn't the first FPP he linked to at armchairgm.com where "Dan Lewis" was the author, either. He eventually got banned for it, if I recall. So yeah, I'm the first one to piss and moan about guidelines, linking them to everyone and their mom, send comments to Gary and rcade, but it's really hiding my secret identity as World's Worst Viral Marketer. And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids! Jesus, that's elaborate and devious. I hate you - but, goddamn it, I respect you.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 10:52 PM on August 07

I was glad this thread was here. This is the first time I'd gotten the spam. I had forgotten the whole ArmchairGM debacle from a year and a half ago (I just don't have the memory I used to). I was half-tempted to check it out and now I know not to. So thank you Jerseygirl for posting this, even if you are the World's Worst Viral Marketer, if only because it cements your status as you are driving away potential users.

posted by apoch at 04:51 AM on August 08

Wait...so jersey's got a virus and a job? Next, you'll tell me she doesn't live in New Jersey! You will, too, but I won't believe you.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:03 AM on August 08

I wish I could find a LOLCat to accurately and completely describe my warm and fuzzy feelings right now.

posted by jerseygirl at 06:46 AM on August 08

Where are the Web 2.0 people with a nicely tagged and dugg LOLCat site so we can move to expressing all feelings that way? And how long until Hallmark starts putting them out as cards?

posted by yerfatma at 09:27 AM on August 08

yerfatma, that's a brilliant idea. You could call it lolbook, and it could be some weird combination of flickr and facebook/myspace. A social lolcat network. Viral Marketing lolcat has one friend - tomcat.

posted by apoch at 09:54 AM on August 08

I wish I could find a LOLCat to accurately and completely describe my warm and fuzzy feelings right now. like this one? and just because they're so damn cute, the rest of the locker room threads.

posted by goddam at 10:08 AM on August 08

This one is my favorite.

posted by jerseygirl at 10:15 AM on August 08

Well, sure it is. Four-legged animals standing on two legs? That's internet gold right there, buddy!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:08 PM on August 08

In fact, I'm actually posing as a 13 year old girl trying to lure men to my house for sex so I can have Chris Hansen from Dateline pop out of a cabinet and yell at them. I'd keep that cabinet locked, if I were you.

posted by rcade at 12:50 PM on August 09

Yes. Heard from them back on June 25th. One spam in eight months. Could be worse.

posted by Newbie Walker at 12:13 AM on August 14

That site is actually really good

posted by FriarFan at 04:20 PM on August 15

It's you, isn't it. You're the mole. Get him!

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 05:31 PM on August 15

Providence fans, whaddaya gonna do?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:25 AM on August 16

Hope Rick Pitino walks through that door, unlike the time he walked out the door to NYC right in the middle of me being at his basketball camp.

posted by yerfatma at 11:53 AM on August 16

I've been on jumbotrons for two consecutive weekends during two different historic sports events. Top that, fame-seekers! I went to a Durham Bulls game a few weeks ago and was looking around like a DORK in the third inning when they put me on the jumbotron. After all the pointing and shouting, I caught it right as they took me off. 11 year old teases me mercilessly ... mutter "I'll get vindication" ... skip to eighth inning ... same exact thing. I keep telling myself I just came across as non-chalant, but now every time I argue with my son over something, he stops the proceedings with something like "At least I didn't look like an idiot at the ballgame". side-note: This same game, my son yells out "I know what an erection is!"

posted by Ricardo at 07:55 AM on August 23

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