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Slashdot's Disagree Mail

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the read-what-we-read dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 489

I am responsible for reading most of the help requests sent to Slashdot. Most of the mail I get in a day is what you would expect, comments and concerns about postings, user accounts and Slashdot itself. There are a very special group however that get passed around the office due to the inordinate level of anger, lack of understanding and just plain weirdness they possess. Through the years I've collected many and still get such gems on a regular basis. We thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite rants, ramblings and ruminations with the rest of you. I give to you the first of many installments of Slashdot's disagree mail. The names have been changed to protect the idiot — hit the link below to drink it in.

Our first entry starts off by explaining:

"Every time I try to login it tells me that my password is bad! I know I'm using the right password why won't you let me in? My account is *******"

I'm sorry but I don't see an account with the name *******. I also don't find an account with the email address you're using associated with it. Do you happen to know what your uid is?

"Try lookin harder cause I was using AOL a few days ago just fine but now I can't! I'm mailing you from the library right now cause you won't let me on the internet!"

AOL? Can you not log into Slashdot or is the problem that you can't get online at home?

"Whats Slashdot why am I given you guys money for internet if I cant use it?!"

Slashdot is the website you are writing to. If you were banned here for some reason I might be able to help you but I'm not in charge of the whole internet, at least not yet. It sounds like you need to get a hold of AOL tech support and hopefully they can solve your problem.

"If you can't help me why are you on google when I type in help with the internet? If you don't want to help people when they need it maybe you shouldn't be on google!"

Our last email this week demonstrates something, but I'm not exactly sure what it is:

from ***************
to banned@slashdot.org
date Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 6:46 PM
subject stop sending me mail
"If your so fucking smart that you created the great and awesome slashdot why can't you figure out that I don't want your stupid bulshit mail! Everyone here acts like they are so much smarter than everyone else and that a teenager can't know what is right because he isn't fat enough from sitting around eating twinkys and playing games on the computer. You never even had a girlfriend I bet because you're to busy being smarter than everyone else. Fuck you stop sending mail just because you can't handle me!

P.S. Sorry I didn't write that my little brother did but I really don't want to get mail from you anymore can you help me please?"

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It is most munificent of you, (5, Insightful)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 6 years ago | (#24604935)

... good sir, to expend your precious electro-bits so as to share those TWO WHOLE EMAILS with your loyal readers. I look forward to future installments of these tomes.

Now, wtf do you expect us to discuss?

Re:It is most munificent of you, (5, Insightful)

timster (32400) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605019)

Maybe we can discuss how obnoxious the white-on-green text is? Please?

Re:It is most munificent of you, (5, Funny)

nharmon (97591) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605053)

Send complaint to: banned@slashdot.org

Re:It is most munificent of you, (4, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605359)

Make sure it is a good rant.

By the way, thanks for making the comment box about 2 inches by 2 inches large. I guess it is a form of text compression.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (3, Insightful)

PIBM (588930) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605551)

Well, if you are using an iphone, 2 inches by 2 inches is like almost all of the screen estate ... so, why are you complaining ? ;)

Re:It is most munificent of you, (4, Funny)

aceofspades1217 (1267996) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605115)

I am going to have to agree with you. Really bad web design etiquette if you ask me. I mean I have always loved slashdot because they do a great job having a really clean website.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (1)

An anonymous Frank (559486) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605203)

Or how new "sections" should let you quickly mark them as not-something-you-want-on-the-cover-page for the first week of its inception into the "officially released" realm.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605259)

As opposed to green-on-black?

Re:It is most munificent of you, (2, Insightful)

JeanCroix (99825) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605509)

...still the easiest on my eyes, after all these years.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605459)

I kind of like the white on green as it's an uncommon way to make better use of negative space and reduce eye strain compared with standard black-on-white. It also lacks a clash of colors or offensively intense colors. I would prefer slightly less of a contrast between the brightness of the green and the white, and the green is not my favorite color - I'd prefer a green that's a little more earthy as a background. Still, overall, it's not too bad.

(Why do line breaks not show up on this post?) If you've given yourself some time to try to see it with an open mind, then I'd like to hear specifics aspects of it that make it obnoxious - other than "it's different" - and maybe we can have a discussion about it. My main criticism is that

Re:It is most munificent of you, (5, Funny)

harrkev (623093) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605653)

Maybe we can discuss how obnoxious the white-on-green text is? Please?

Back in my day, we had green-on-black text. If you were really lucky, you had AMBER on black. Now, those were the days.

Now where were we? Oh yeah--the important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (3, Interesting)

Sir Holo (531007) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605693)

It's a lot easier on the eyes than a bright white field with black text. Don't try to print it out, though.

Or how about yellow on blue?

Re:It is most munificent of you, (4, Funny)

qoncept (599709) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605721)

That's not green, buddy. It's teal. Which is incredibly annoying regardless of any other factors.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (2, Funny)

aceofspades1217 (1267996) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605029)

Stupidity in the /. community :P

There sure is an abundance of it!

So as they say in soviet russia... /discuss

Re:It is most munificent of you, (4, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605069)

Now, wtf do you expect us to discuss?

How about the unholy heinousness that is idle's design? It looks like hammered shit. No, I take that back. It makes hammered shit look good.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605345)

Looks like I'm not the only one who used to hammer shit as a kid.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (1)

Sir Holo (531007) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605723)

Was your previous account name *******?

Re:It is most munificent of you, (1)

reikoshea (1160155) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605093)

All I can say is, werd. That was a little anti-climactic.

Best reply wins... (2, Funny)

RingDev (879105) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605307)

An evening of navel gazing with CowboyNeal!

-Rick

Re:It is most munificent of you, (1)

bugnuts (94678) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605357)

Now, wtf do you expect us to discuss?

Maybe the fact that the reply box is about 2" x 2" (at least on my terse setup). At least all the replies will be short.

This looks more like a therapy session for the complaint department run by a luddite who gets a total of 6 emails a day.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (1)

statemachine (840641) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605379)

I spent more time looking for the other e-mails and scanning the comments for what might have happened than actually reading the e-mails.

It's like an important test that was so easy, you spend time making sure it wasn't filled with trick questions.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (3, Interesting)

Animaether (411575) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605435)

Well seeing as there really isn't anything to discuss here ( unless they expected other website owners, sysadmins, etc. to write in with their user experiences)....

Maybe I would like Backslash... back.

Rehashing popular topics, picking some of the top comments, etc. is a vastly more interesting thing to do than reaching into the hatemail grab-bag.

For the curious:
http://backslash.slashdot.org/ [slashdot.org]

For the curious as to why it's seemingly-dead:
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=588277&cid=23846333 [slashdot.org]
( summary: Tim got too busy )

Re:It is most munificent of you, (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605453)

Now, wtf do you expect us to discuss?

How you can't read the last line of the post in IE6, and why they can't use the same CSS that almost works in the rest of the site ;)? Or maybe how I had to put a <p> between quoting you and my firs line to keep the <br> from acting like a <p>?

Fuck, even putting <p>& nbsp;<p> doesn't work.

Oh, as to the topic, it looks to me like some kid thinks slashdot is AOL's tech support. Either that or sam HBT.

Guys, the CSS on idle is an embarrassing mess, are you ever going to fix it?

One of the biggest ones... (2, Funny)

kdawson (3715) (1344097) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605701)

I once got an email bomb where someone called me gay. This was back around 2000 before we implemented filters. My mailbox, about 20mb at the time, was completely filled. I kind of laughed because of the irony (it's true) but was livid at the fact that I had to write a script to clear the emails out of our ancient POP server.

Re:It is most munificent of you, (1)

Chibi (232518) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605719)

so as to share those TWO WHOLE EMAILS

When I read the summary, I had the impression that the first was an e-mail exchange. Looking at the number of replies, I'm guessing 7 e-mails. Not very exciting, but that's why it's "Idle." :)

Greatest. Post. Ever. (0, Redundant)

mikek2 (562884) | more than 6 years ago | (#24604969)

Greatest. Post. Ever.

I'm sorry, (4, Insightful)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 6 years ago | (#24604991)

I really am. Not for the hate letters you get... but for this as a whole. Idle just doesn't feel like frontpage material /.

Horrible stylesheet (5, Insightful)

nharmon (97591) | more than 6 years ago | (#24604993)

I'm about to send an email complaining about the horrible stylesheet that idle.slashdot.org uses.

Re:Horrible stylesheet (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605057)

Style sheet? I though Someone swallowed the blue and yellow Playdough and threw up on my monitor.

Not a stylesheet... (2, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605281)

...more a grotesquesheet.

Dear Slashdot (1)

Funkcikle (630170) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605001)

Why the hell do I keep getting these emails you get? The total is up to TWO now - it is unbearable. Please desist!

Years worth of emails (5, Funny)

Gr33nNight (679837) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605009)

And he posts two. Must be a tough job.

Re:Years worth of emails (-1, Redundant)

RobertNotBob (597987) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605099)

I, for one, Welcome our new email-posting overlord!

.

Re:Years worth of emails (5, Funny)

kraada (300650) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605227)

There are only 10 hilarious emails he's ever gotten.

And he posted them both.

10 = both (1)

PetiePooo (606423) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605633)

And if you don't get that, turn in your geek card to the closest LUG.

This is the sort of thing that belongs on TDWTF... (3, Insightful)

42forty-two42 (532340) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605023)

... not slashdot.

Re:This is the sort of thing that belongs on TDWTF (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605217)

... not slashdot.

AMEN!

Needs more. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605033)

A LOT more.

That 1st one was hilarious.
The 2nd was pretty good too. (rather generic though, still)

So, yes, MORE.

Allow us to disable Idle, please! (1, Insightful)

Brazilian Geek (25299) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605061)

Hey guys, how about allowing us to disable stories from Idle - if not disable, how about allowing us to show up on the main page minimized.

Oh crap (5, Informative)

Brazilian Geek (25299) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605121)

Sorry for that, I just saw the option in the Index > Section preferences.

Sorry...

Typical Slashdotter even if he doesn't know it (5, Funny)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605075)

Everyone here acts like they are so much smarter than everyone else and that a teenager can't know what is right because he isn't fat enough from sitting around eating twinkys and playing games on the computer. You never even had a girlfriend I bet because you're to busy being smarter than everyone else.

Despite a complete lack of clue he sounds just like any other Slashdotter.

Scratch that, he does sound just like any other Slashdotter.

Re:Typical Slashdotter even if he doesn't know it (1)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605649)

I'm too stupid to understand what you said, your young teenage mind is obviously too intellectual for mine. Maybe if I stopped eating all these exquisite vegetables and exercising, and actually started eating twinkies and chatting it up here with you more I might be as smart as you... Oh sorry, I gotta go meet my girlfriend now...

Huh? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605089)

WTF? Is that it?! 2 emails? Where's the rest of it? What do I pay you for? WHat are you doing on the internet if you can't share more than 2 emails? Grrr! I'm so angry!!!

I'm mildly amused (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605107)

These were cute enough -particularly the last one.

PLEASE.. Make it stop! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605117)

I don't want to see this crap.

Re:PLEASE.. Make it stop! (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605411)

stop watching 2 girls 1 cup then

Incredible (1)

omfglearntoplay (1163771) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605125)

I'm at a loss for words.... I can only say that I hope that was some sort of joke on their part, but I don't think it was.

I guess we're all supposed to share or something (1)

Fox_1 (128616) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605133)

Wasn't a lot of content above, and I suspect in this community we all have gems of emails from the past - one a friend showed me yesterday went something like this:

Cutsie nickname for Tech Support guy,
I'm not sure who the 'lusers' are, but that language may not be right for a mail list that has x senior person and y manager on it. Just a thought to help you along.
Toodles
Cutsie nickname for coworker

Re:I guess we're all supposed to share or somethin (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605651)

That's why we refer to them as the id-10t errors we keep getting. The CTO one year had it on a pie chart covering expenses for that year, most of the IT department shit themselves laughing at that company meeting.

For all I know, it's still in the trouble ticket system at comcast as a problem code.

Funny but... (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605169)

Even for slashdot, this seems irrelevant.

Drink it in? Huh? (5, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605171)

Come on guys... Its just 2 emails.. thats more of a droplet of morning mist as it condensates on the leaf of a dandelion and not worthy of even remotely referring it to as a taste..

Re:Drink it in? Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605635)

The word you were looking for was "condenses".

HTH. HAND.

Captcha: unload

Re:Drink it in? Huh? (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605749)

I get better e-mails than that to my own personal website. I "review" restaurants for fun and routinely end up with resumes for job applicants, complaints about overcharges, questions about hosting events there, and sometimes even death threats from the owners themselves.

If this is the best Slashdot can do (BTW, why the fuck is the comment box ~35 characters wide?) then I'm disappointed.

We needs JonKatz back to up the annoyance ante!

D'oh (4, Funny)

greywire (78262) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605177)

You know, I was going to post a whole rant about how you got me all excited to read about some really funny emails from a bunch of idiot readers only to find you only posted two of them, and only the first one was kinda funny.

But then I realized maybe the whole point of setting us up for nothing was to see how many irate people would sent you hate mail and post rants about the pointlessness of this article, thus bringing the whole thing full circle:

10 Get irate email
20 post lame article about it
30 goto 10

The ladies (4, Funny)

qoncept (599709) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605183)

If you ask a chick what she looks for in a man, she'll say a good sense of humor. It's a complete lie -- what she really wants is a good looking dude. That would mean you are screwed. You might be tempted at that point to feel a little better, saying "Hey, at least I do have a good sense of humor.."

But you don't. You clearly posted these support emails thinking they would be good for a laugh, but, instead, they were just really boring.

Re:The ladies (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605593)

Women don't know what they want. They say they want a kind, generous, man that can make them laugh, but they're always with some asshole that calls them "bitch" and slaps them around.

They want the kind, generous men as friends; they want a tough guy in bed.

Treat a whore like a lady and she'll act like a lady. Treat a lady like a whore and she'll suck your dick.

Ok, well kinda (1)

sdemjanenko (1296903) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605189)

Well these are ok but not great. I would imagine that you guys have some amazing ones but these are just above the level of ordinary complaints. Anyway an interesting topic, can't wait to see more (hopefully really good ones)

The internet is not a big truck! (1)

theCat (36907) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605199)

If I were doing helpdesk I'd work this link into MOST of my replies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cZC67wXUTs [youtube.com]

It is *that* helpful.

-cb

Priceless (5, Funny)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605201)

Oh man, those were priceless! Of course, so are grass clippings.

You actually read email? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605223)

I guess that's easier than fixing bugs.

1234567890123456789012

(Numbers represent the width of the comment box in firefox running on linux)

Let's be grateful. (1)

NightFalcon90909 (1283820) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605231)

Sure there weren't as many as you might have like, or I might have liked, but they were funny! And they did say there would be more, and at least they put anything up at all...

A word to all you whiners... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605239)

STFU already.

And they still haven't (4, Funny)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605247)

fixed my internet.
I hope you know I called Google and told them to remove you from the search list for "fixing the internet"
I swear you guys are like the Maytag Repair man of the internet.

Tagging Beta (4, Informative)

bugg_tb (581786) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605249)

You know I've been reading slashdot for years, long before the tagging stuff came in and its taken until reading this article to realise that you click the little arrows to add tags, I always wondered how it was done :)

Hey! (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605251)

Who gave them permission to use my photo?

Signed

T.P. Gumby The Postman

mails in heat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605255)

Why not profit from the blathering of others? Send Collection of letters to LULU for publishing. I know that would be worth buying for a good laugh. (Besides, LULU just bought an old CAT manufacturing building for their office. They need the money too!)

Re:mails in heat (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605431)

Erm... that shifty looking guy that told you "Lulu can handle all males"... well, he wasn't talking about a publisher.

Now I know (1)

mschuyler (197441) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605271)

Now I know why it says: "Idle.slashdot.org is a total waste of your time. Never go there." I didn't; it came to me. Oh, well...

subject (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605283)

This just in... people are dumb

A webpage (1)

VoltCurve (1248644) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605287)

There is a webpage out their that seems to receive dozens of "Fuck off AOL, I don't want your service", but, they aren't AOL, but some cybersecurity group, but I can't for the life of me remember any other details

this part killed me (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605293)

You never even had a girlfriend I bet because you're to busy being smarter than everyone else. Fuck you stop sending mail just because you can't handle me!

HANDLING ME ! YOU CANT DO IT !!!!

this part is the killer

Re:this part killed me (2, Funny)

genner (694963) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605375)

First IDLE now this.
You guys had a board meeting didn't you?
How many times do I have to warn you about those!

Re:this part killed me (1)

Creepy (93888) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605533)

you mean they got BORED in a meeting (don't we all?) and decided to do something productive during that big 5 hour power point presentation. That or slow news day. Or maybe the nukes are on the way and this is their little way of trying to humor us before the end - I don't keep up with that kind of stuff.

Re:this part killed me (1)

genner (694963) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605739)

you mean they got BORED in a meeting (don't we all?) and decided to do something productive during that big 5 hour power point presentation. That or slow news day. Or maybe the nukes are on the way and this is their little way of trying to humor us before the end - I don't keep up with that kind of stuff.

Well yes they probly got bored fell asleep and let the idiots in suits make decisions.

snore...snore....."What do you think Johnson?"....*erk* ...good idea sir we'll implement that....particular....idea.....immediately.

And thats why meetings are dangerous.

Colbert (1)

Xelios (822510) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605365)

The first installment of Slashdot's 434 part series Better Know a Noob!

Please stop (1)

MisterSquirrel (1023517) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605377)

Please stop clogging the internet with your slashdotty posts now. You're slowing down my porn downloads.

Exuse mes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605407)

Buts can yous stop stupid articles posting? Many articles are even bad spelling and gramer. Ther so bad i even no read them. So funny, ha ha ha. but you should be good website with pofessinals, so you should have good article like my type. Noe plese post somthin that worth time and have good stuff.

Hippo Cryte.

Yeah, but.. (1)

mr_resident (222932) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605409)

..the picture of Steve Ballmer demonstrating Microsoft's next version of Exchange is pretty educational.

Perfectly logical user (1)

ishmalius (153450) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605413)

If you don't want to help, then why ARE you on Google? ^^ If you look at it from the correspondent's point of view and with their experience of the Net, that is a very logical and valid question to ask.

Similar job (1)

tonyray (215820) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605415)

Many /. readers work in similar jobs. My favorite is a subscriber that cancelled his account because the only websites he could go to were pornography sites and he was sure we were causing his problem. He was a long-time employee of one of the local university's IT department, so he knew we were doing it.

Do they speak English in What? (4, Interesting)

Free the Cowards (1280296) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605445)

Seriously, "Slashdot's Disagree Mail"? Do you people speak and/or understand English on any kind of working basis?

(Feel free to file this message with the "disagree mail".)

Is that what it takes? (1)

Slashdot Parent (995749) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605447)

Is that what it takes to get on the front page? Write you some emphatic, whiny email, littered with "creative" English usage?

I think I can handle that.

I'll take your two emails and raise you one call: (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605461)

A long long time ago, in the dark ages of the internet, we launched this site called 'camarades.com', which was about hosting people's webcams.

This worked pretty good, but occasionally someone would run into trouble with the software. So, stupid us, we put our phone number in the software, so people would call us, at all times of day.

One evening it's my turn to man the phone, this American chick calls and complains her cam isn't working. So I talk her through the setup procedure and at some point it starts to work. For a verification she asks me "so, what am I wearing then" (she refuses to believe the cam is now online and visible to everybody), I answer: "Well, from where I'm sitting it seems you're not wearing much, if anything". She starts calling me a filthy pervert and slams down the phone :)

uhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605497)

what the hell is this email stuff everyone is talking about???

If this sort of thing entertains you... (1)

seanonymous (964897) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605501)

I highly recommend Tripadvisor's blog: http://tripadvisor.typepad.com/ [typepad.com] I strongly feel that the support staff of all organizations should be able to post their favorite missives, for all the world to see.

Twinkes = I.Q. (2, Funny)

eagee (1308589) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605505)

Good thing I ate all those twinkies!

needed more emails. (2, Funny)

jdinkel (1028708) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605515)

This was like promising sex and delivering a strip tease :(

First one is actually a useful lesson... (3, Interesting)

Urban Garlic (447282) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605523)

Many, many users have the problem that the first writer had, namely, they have no idea where the "internal boundaries" are between various entities available on their computer. From their point of view, the modern GUI desktop is an undifferentiated sea of icons and buttons and text boxes. Users know what sequences to use to achieve a desired effect, but as far as how it works or even what the components are, or which ones are local and which ones are remote, they may not know, and the interface doesn't always tell them.
I recently had this experience doing tech-support for my father, who was visiting me. His e-mail stopped working, because his local POP/SMTP mail client will only talk to his ISP's servers when connecting from within the ISP's domain. At home, he's on the ISP's cable modem, and it works. I have a different ISP, so it doesn't work at my house. I switched him to the web client, which he was able to adapt to, but I'm not sure he ever really understood why he had to do that.
I can easily imagine that the guy in the first example normally had his browser default to open to his ISP's portal page, and it might have even had an e-mail link that send messages to the ISP's support team. So he goes to another computer and does what he thinks is the same thing -- opens a browser, fusses with it until a page comes up with something that looks like an e-mail link, clicks on it and asks for help. He's at the library, maybe some joker has set the default home page to slashdot, maybe it autocompleted it out of the history, who knows.
Ignorant, yes. Stupid? Only if it persists...

Re:First one is actually a useful lesson... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605685)

Please SHUT UP. Shut the FUCK up. Go burn in fucking hell!!!!! FUCK YOU.

Re:First one is actually a useful lesson... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605759)

FUCK YOU! FUCK ME! I'm fucking myself! Fuck!

SO hot...

What the fuck is this and why am I here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605525)

This is just terrible.

F-ING HILARIOUS!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605571)

Keep um comming.. I lol'd at the first one.. Second one was just odd..

hope there are more

better then this (1)

cinnamon colbert (732724) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605579)

sort of sophmoronic fun wd be serious discussion of user comments re /. - eg, i have written to /. about dislike changes last year. surely a lot of good stuff in that sort of email

first mail (1)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605595)

I kind of wish that the first set of emails had a date on it. I tried typing "help with the internet" into Google and got just a plain boring list of people who offer various level of tech support as well as some ISP's tech support sites.

Also, why is the comment box here crap - has /. designed this page to be terrible; the rest of /. works fine...

So now a breach of privacy doesn't matter? (1)

anomnomnomymous (1321267) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605597)

So where are all the rants about this breach of privacy?

I find it funny to see how this site's community is always uptight about (online) privacy, yet doesn't seem to give a sh*t when it's done for their own amusement.

Even if the emails are quite funny, and might have been sent to the wrong adress, it does not justify to publish these imho.

Dear slashdot guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605603)

I can't f*ck*ng figure this out! I keep putting "tab a" into "slot b", but nothing f*ck*ng happens!!! FIX IT! It's your fault, Slashdot, and I want you to fix it! I mean, really, building this thing shouldn't be this hard. Tab a inserts into slot b, pivots around axis c, and drive d go. But you f*ckers didn't include drive d, or axis c - DID YOU???
.

Oh, wait, this is from Ikea, never mind and sorry.

Year of Linux on the desktop coming soon. (1)

fyoder (857358) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605699)

That first email gives me hope that one day linux will dominate the desktop. Such people could be just as easily confused by linux as by windows, so why not? It just has to come preinstalled on computers. That's what they curse. The computer. And whoever google sends them to for help with it.

Disillusioned (4, Funny)

Experiment 626 (698257) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605703)

I've always pictured the life of a Slashdot editor as a glamorous one. Partying with hot supermodels like Hugh Heffner, flying around the world in the Slashdot Learjet, racing Ferraris against CowboyNeal, pouring hot grits on Natalie Portman... that sort of thing.

After reading this article and discovering that the above emails were "very special" "gems" that brightened the editors' day, I think I may have to lower my image of them a bit.

So much smarter... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24605727)

"Everyone here acts like they are so much smarter than everyone else and that a teenager can't know what is right because he isn't fat enough from sitting around eating twinkys and playing games on the computer."

The plural of twinky is "twinkies", I mean GEEZ now stop bothering me while I am playing WoW.

How does Help with the internet bring up /. ? (1)

Nick Ives (317) | more than 6 years ago | (#24605735)

Seriously, I tried googling - even putting it in quotes, which a n00b probably wouldn't think of - and the closest I got was a link to this article!

I'm not accusing those emails of being made up but I do think someone was pulling your leg :)

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