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Technical musing that I'm not going to cut. [Feb. 23rd, 2009|12:32 am]
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This is just one of those silly nerdish overkill scenarios where I wonder which of the two options sounds less creepy.

Imagine a group that you want to send an email to has a really hard-to-navigate site made entirely in flash. There is a contact section to this flash application but it promises to sign you up to a mailing list.

Now, I'd rather actually send these people a nice email where I put their email into the "Send to" field in Gmail, and preferably NOT get signed up to finding out what their next number of dates are in the US - while I'd be particularly interested in seeing them again, I live on a different continent to them.

So, I got two options:
1/ I load a personal web proxy, fill in some dummy info, get it trapped by proxy so I can see the requests and from there I pull out the address it was going to be sent to. Funnily enough, given that a proper designer would have it so that the address wouldn't be in that bit, I happened to extract the email address that way, BUT it's the address it would have been sent to if I wanted to be signed up to the mailing list. However, given that it's a personal yahoo address, it's unlikely to be an automatic process.

2/ Look up the WHOIS records and bug the site administrator. This way I get to point out that they do not provide an easy way to direct questions without being automatically signed up. It also seems a little less creepy as it's really easy to get this sort of information from sites like Domain Dossier.

So, if I want to send a mail to them, which sounds less like I'm a techno-stalker?

[User Picture]From: ebel
2009-02-23 01:14 pm (UTC)
Both? #2 has the advantages of it being 'the right thing to do', #1 has the advantage of actually getting things done.

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