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The Shady Business Practices of Classmates.com

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the let-her-stalk-you-for-a-change dept.

The Courts 275

eldavojohn writes ""Some of your classmates are trying to contact you!" reads one e-mail. Attempts to remove yourself from the mailing list may only result in more mailings from the site of ill repute. Well, Ars Techica brings us news of a suit against Classmates.com. You don't need to look far for anti-classmates.com sentiment spreading like wild fire across the tubes." Good next target: ads that say "you've already won" some expensive toy.

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Damn (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25750421)

"Some of your classmates are trying to contact you!"

Does this mean they aren't? I'll just lay down and cry!

Re:Damn (0)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750507)

I guess you weren't as popular as you thought you were.

Re:Damn (5, Funny)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750559)

My self-esteem has been low since I received an e-mail saying a hot girl would send me pics and all I got was a computer trojan.

Re:Damn (5, Insightful)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750711)

Your self-esteem should be low if you paid money to use Classmates.com as it does what MySpace and FaceBook do for free.

Classmates did come out before MySpace and FaceBook but they made a mistake in trying to get money out of their customers before they had a reasonable userbase. They could have started out a completely free service(by completely, I mean allowed all features for free and not have to pay to contact people like dating sites...and even dating sites allow you to see somebody's complete profile without charging!) and then charged small fees as necessary.

I can't stand when Classmates sends me mails telling me how many people viewed my profile, only to find that it was only a ruse to get me to build a profile in the first place! Reminds me of trillian when I always had annoying AOL or Yahoo(can't remember which) mail notifications which served no purpose but to nag me into signing up for the respective mail service.

Re:Damn (1)

duguk (589689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751165)

FriendsReunited [wikipedia.org] tried to do a similar thing (without the spamming or heavy advertising) - charging for sending messages. They've now been bought up by ITV (a UK television company), and I presume they're not doing so badly, but clearly not as well as facebook.

They do still send out emails far too often that aren't anything to do with what schools or colleges you've been to though. I don't think companies like this will make their money through customers for contacting other users. People will always find a way around it.

Re:Damn (2, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750591)

Tom? Is that you? We've been looking for you over on Classmates!

Well, okay, not really. But does it make you feel any better?

on the other hand... (5, Funny)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750647)

i still owe three or four of them money...

classmates.com aren't a collection agency for them...

guess it's not that bad.

Re:Damn (4, Funny)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750881)

Don't worry. They (the classmates) probably just want to collect the money you owed them when you finished school.

Google FTW (1, Informative)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750433)

Fortunately my Gmail spam filter hides these e-mails for me.
-ML

Re:Google FTW (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750637)

Fortunately my Gmail spam filter hides these e-mails for me. -ML

Except you see the stupid advertisements all the time. Thank Firefox for Adblock+ and NoScript.

Re:Google FTW (2, Informative)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750759)

?!?
What advertisements? Seriously, haven't seen one.
Sometimes I forget what I'm not missing with FF ABP and NS installed.
-nB

Re:Google FTW (2, Interesting)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751359)

Luckily my ISP subcontracted their normal email out to Google, so while I don't have the Gmail domain name on those accounts, I get the Gmail interface with no ads displayed. Best of both worlds.

Re:Google FTW (1)

naetuir (970044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751575)

Advertisements only exist if you make them out to be a huge issue.. Or if you have a ridiculously small screen resolution (like.. 800x600).

I've used gmail since 2003, and I barely even notice the ads. Once in a GREAT while I even see something worth clicking on (and do!). Ads are not necessarily evil things. Particularly the targeted kind (though I find the whole privacy issue kind of...iffy). They're irritating when they take up your entire screen. The old Web1/90's banners were hideous, yes.

Never got anything from them (4, Insightful)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750445)

And they'll never get anything from me. Hell, if I wanted to (not that I do) I could simply go to the website of the college I graduated from and look up the contact information of other alumni who have registered there. Some universities, like Harvard, offer lifetime e-mail addresses, etc. for alumni. There's a whole post.harvard.edu domain just for alumni there. Even my high school keeps track of alumni and has mailing lists, etc. available. I've never gotten spammed by classmates.com and I wouldn't bother visiting if I did. I'll just go straight to my schools websites.

Re:Never got anything from them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25750509)

It's true, I've never once seen a banner ad saying "You've already won!"

On the contrary, it's usually "You've already won*!" or "You've already* won!" or sometimes "You've* already won!"

Re:Never got anything from them (5, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751265)

Or worse....

You've already won!(tm)

And then in the fine print:

Note: "You've already won!" is a trademark of [insert company name here] and is not meant to state or imply that the reader has, in fact, won anything. More to the point, the mere fact that you clicked on this guarantees that you cannot possibly have won because you are a loser.

Re:Never got anything from them (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751149)

Their service is not for people with the knowledge, and intelligence, to do it themselves. It's for the people who would have no clue on how to find someone they lost contact with. There happens to be a lot more people like that then like you in the world.

Re:Never got anything from them (1)

i love pineapples (742841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751477)

Lucky you. Neither my crappy uni [poly.edu] nor my hick high school [k12.me.us] has alumni lists. Well, I am sure the uni does, as they manage to send me letters begging for money once a month, but none of that info is available to me.

I've managed to find my old friends on facebook and linkedin; hopefully none of those sites become as shady as classmates have become, though facebook is starting to get there.

Already illegal (1, Interesting)

wealthychef (584778) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750455)

Good next target: ads that say "you've already won" some expensive toy.

I'm sure this is already illegal. I've never seen such an ad. Perhaps you are thinking "you may already have won," but I don't see why that should be illegal.

Re:Already illegal (2, Informative)

ZekoMal (1404259) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750601)

I've never seen such an ad.

I have; usually reads something like "Congratulations! You have won a ps3! Click here to claim it*" Or some such. Never received an e-mail stating this, but I've seen plenty of pop-ups and ads embedded in sites with this.

Re:Already illegal (1)

evilphish_mi (1282588) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751227)

Sad thing is a large portion of my user base is stupid enough to reply to those messages.

Re:Already illegal (3, Interesting)

neoform (551705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750639)

Perhaps you are thinking "you may already have won," but I don't see why that should be illegal.

Because it's misleading and the actual probability of having won is statistically insignificant? Why not have a banner ad that says "You might be able to play the piano with your feet!", cause then, by some fluke chance it might be true..? In the end, it's lying, plain and simple.

Re:Already illegal (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25750889)

Sounds like you don't understand the meanings of the words "may" or "might".

Re:Already illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25751473)

I'm still waking up, I guess, as I thought you wrote "Why not have a bumper sticker that says 'You might be able to play the piano with your feet!'" and imagined drivers seeing said sticker and putting their feet on their dashboard to mime piano playing, at which point hilarity ensues.

Re:Already illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25751025)

"Congratulations. You've been selected to receive a new Nintendo Wii. All you need to do is fill out a brief survey. So what are you waiting for? Fill out a survey today, and once again, congratulations."

I recently switched from Firefox 3 (with Adblock Plus and NoScript) to WebKit for a very welcome speed boost. Unfortunately, the above ad (rather my attempt at transcribing the damn thing from my mind), spoken aloud, is now my biggest problem on certain websites that link to some great TV shows.

Find them. Destroy them.

Subpoena them with: "You have no chance to survive make your time."

Re:Already illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25751223)

That's funny, I've never seen ads on EZTV.

Re:Already illegal (0)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751513)

You should just run with NoScript. AdBlock appears to have a significant performance hit of late. Guess the black list is getting long....

Re:Already illegal (1)

Haoie (1277294) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751081)

Not just prizes, but also those ads claiming you've won cash.

Then you find out it's not real money, you need to sign up to some stupid offer, and your 'money' can only be redeemed for some inane clutter.

Why use that? (1, Insightful)

Drakin020 (980931) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750471)

Why use Classmates.com when you have Myspace.com or Facebook.com

Seems to be the best way (For me at least) to stay in touch with old High School pals.

Re:Why use that? (5, Funny)

Onaga (1369777) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750519)

Because they don't care about you. They are looking for the 10 year old alumni from psychology browsing some employment site for the 3000th time that gets a big ad in her face talking about classmates. She hopes to reunite with her undergrad sweetheart hoping he's made something of his life and will take her out of her life of futility.

Well, no, bitch. I'm through with you. Mark might have been better looking and knew how to talk and stuff being a communications major, but who's laughing now? Me! Hah! hahahaha...

Re:Why use that? (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750661)

You're not bitter at all are you?

Re:Why use that? (4, Interesting)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750529)

I signed up a long time ago, before myspace or facebook existed. It's a totally worthless site.

I've done my part to screw with their business model... they let you post a picture, and my "picture" is a gif of my email address. :)

Re:Why use that? (4, Insightful)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750617)

Why use Classmates.com when you have Myspace.com or Facebook.com?

Many of us who are 30+ associate those sites with the "OMG PONIES!" crowd. I'm sure that's probably changing as their userbase ages, but that's first impressions for you. If anybody my age had a myspace page, my first reaction would be that he's a total loser or way too interested in teenagers to be healthy.

Re:Why use that? (4, Informative)

jonnythan (79727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750673)

That's true for MySpace, but not for Facebook. Sounds like you're basing your opinion on Facebook on MySpace.

Go check out Facebook. You might be surprised. Virtually everyone I know with a computer uses Facebook - more than half of my friends on FB are over 25.

Re:Why use that? (2, Funny)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750863)

That's true for MySpace, but not for Facebook. Sounds like you're basing your opinion on Facebook on MySpace.

Go check out Facebook. You might be surprised. Virtually everyone I know with a computer uses Facebook - more than half of my friends on FB are over 25.

Agreed facebook is laregly poney free.

Re:Why use that? (2, Interesting)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751249)

Except for all these 'Ride a pony!' apps requests my friends keep sending me..

Re:Why use that? (1)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750953)

Go check out Facebook. You might be surprised. Virtually everyone I know with a computer uses Facebook - more than half of my friends on FB are over 25.

Odd, I don't think any of my friends 30+ use facebook. I remember I was a few years out of college when it became popular, so I didn't get into it. But maybe that's just me and my friends.

I do agree that I'd think a lot less of someone my age using myspace than facebook. Of course, my nieces who are in college now use myspace, with no stigma attached.

I think the site going after people roughly my age is LinkedIn, though of course that's more of a professional nature. I get those invitations quite a bit, so I joined that one.

Re:Why use that? (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751621)

Or Doostang now. Seems LinkedIn is getting too many unwashed masses in there and not enough "professionals".

And isn't MySpace just the place that's going to kill music distributors once and for all? (with some OMG PONIES hung on the side?)

FaceBook is seriously for those ~23-28 that opened accounts and got hooked while in college and those that try to take advantage of them. No one else uses it.

I'll tell you, sonny. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25750969)

Go check out Facebook. You might be surprised. Virtually everyone I know with a computer uses Facebook - more than half of my friends on FB are over 25.

So they're 26,27, and some old farts who are 28?

LinkLn is the site for professionals.

BTW, I have neither. I do not want my information all over the internet.

I'll be curious to see what you young'ins reap with all this in a few years.

Re:I'll tell you, sonny. (1)

duguk (589689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751193)

Maybe I'm being thick, but who are LinkLn? I can't find them anywhere on Google [google.co.uk] , unless you mean the *nix command?

Re:Why use that? (1)

JLDohm (741501) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751065)

Facebook definitely started as a college thing...mostly a place to post drunk pics of yourself...but then they opened it up, and my mom joined. Facebook has gone straight.

Re:Why use that? (1)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751135)

Funny, I'm in the computer industry and I don't know anyone who uses Facebook- except my younger sister and her friends who are part of the ponies crowd. It may be more popular than it was, but I'd be shocked if more than 5% of the over 30 crowd used it. The only social networking stuff that they seem to use is LinkedIn, and that's for pretty specialized purposes.

Re:Why use that? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751625)

Is this a regional thing? The only person that I've ever met that had a Facebook page was a guy (fresh out of highschool) that I was working with in Maryland 2 years ago. None of my friends or co-workers in Florida use Facebook to my knowledge, but my 10 year class reunion was basically organized via MySpace.

Sorry Old Man Underbridge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25750873)

Do you mean 60+?

I ask because I'm in the 30+ group and my parents and aunts and uncles are on Facebook. It's never been an "OMG PONIES!" kind of place (with the exception of folks who have "OMG PONIES!" types of friends) so I'm not really sure where you got that "first impression".

Way to prove yourself wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25751521)

If anybody my age had a myspace page, my first reaction would be that he's a total loser or way too interested in teenagers to be healthy.

Do you mean 60+?

I ask because I'm in the 30+ group and my parents and aunts and uncles are on Facebook.

Thus proving that pedophilia does in fact run in families.

Re:Why use that? (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751091)

I feel about the same way about Myface/Spacebook :-). I do have an account with one of them, I forget which, because a friend invited me to take a look at some pictures she had posted and I couldn't see them without an account.

I have used Classmates to get in touch with a couple of people I lost track of 20+ years ago. I don't think I ever gave any money to the site. I do occasionally get the email that "Someone has looked at your profile!!!1111", but I ignore it for the most part. If someone had sent me a message through the site, the email would say so, and I'd be interested in seeing it.

or maybe (1)

BitterAndDrunk (799378) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751157)

He's a stand-up comedian/in a band and wants an easy way to compile a fan base?

Re:Why use that? (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751179)

When MySpace started out, you had to be over the age of 18 to sign up (or lie about your age). So, there is a good portion of people on MySpace that were there before the teen revolution.

Facebook for dummies? (4, Interesting)

harmonica (29841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751411)

Many of us who are 30+ associate those sites with the "OMG PONIES!" crowd.

I'm one of those. Ehm, the old guys, not the pony crowd. I took the opportunity to try to find out what Facebook is like because someone recently asked me if I had a page there, but it seems that you can't do anything unless you have an account and are logged in. The help section of the site doesn't seem to feature screenshots. Is there a way to get a feeling of what the site's about without creating a fake account? My old age keeps me from just entering all my personal data and worry later. Maybe there are some pages set to "public for everyone", so some URLs would be nice.

Re:Why use that? (1)

thegnu (557446) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750849)

Yeah, but Timothy Schnell wants to get in touch with you!

Re:Why use that? (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750985)

Why use Classmates.com when you have Myspace.com or Facebook.com [...] Seems to be the best way (For me at least) to stay in touch with old High School pals.

If you've graduated in the last five years or so, then this is probably reasonable. But very few people over the age of 30 (if not 25) use Myspace or Facebook. Those sites are oriented toward young single people with enough idle time to do that sort of thing.

I've connected with a couple of people through classmates.com. They're obnoxious, but they do provide a useful service on occasion.

Re:Why use that? (1)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751129)

I was going to say the same thing. Classmates has been around for a long time and frankly the ship they missed is larger than an aircraft carrier.

Rather than open up a community with free communication, they did what amounts to holding a list of email addresses hostage and trying to charge a monthly fee to access it. Then they bombarded us with spam to sell it.

The people as Classmates.com should be gazing longingly at the pile of cash Facebook & Myspace have acquired in 1/4th the time.

Class Action.... Hopefully the law suit will (0)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750493)

OUTCLASS classmates.com. "F" them...

Case in point (0, Offtopic)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750499)

Flash banner instructs me that I should go to specsavers. I did, in fact, go to specsavers several years ago, where I purchased the spectacles I now look through, if not the actual lenses.

Guide To The Barack Obongo Presidency (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25750555)

Congratulations on your purchase of a brand new nigger! If handled properly, your apeman will give years of valuable, if reluctant, service.

INSTALLING YOUR NIGGER.
You should install your nigger differently according to whether you have purchased the field or house model. Field niggers work best in a serial configuration, i.e. chained together. Chain your nigger to another nigger immediately after unpacking it, and don't even think about taking that chain off, ever. Many niggers start singing as soon as you put a chain on them. This habit can usually be thrashed out of them if nipped in the bud. House niggers work best as standalone units, but should be hobbled or hamstrung to prevent attempts at escape. At this stage, your nigger can also be given a name. Most owners use the same names over and over, since niggers become confused by too much data. Rufus, Rastus, Remus, Toby, Carslisle, Carlton, Hey-You!-Yes-you!, Yeller, Blackstar, and Sambo are all effective names for your new buck nigger. If your nigger is a ho, it should be called Latrelle, L'Tanya, or Jemima. Some owners call their nigger hoes Latrine for a joke. Pearl, Blossom, and Ivory are also righteous names for nigger hoes. These names go straight over your nigger's head, by the way.

CONFIGURING YOUR NIGGER
Owing to a design error, your nigger comes equipped with a tongue and vocal chords. Most niggers can master only a few basic human phrases with this apparatus - "muh dick" being the most popular. However, others make barking, yelping, yapping noises and appear to be in some pain, so you should probably call a vet and have him remove your nigger's tongue. Once de-tongued your nigger will be a lot happier - at least, you won't hear it complaining anywhere near as much. Niggers have nothing interesting to say, anyway. Many owners also castrate their niggers for health reasons (yours, mine, and that of women, not the nigger's). This is strongly recommended, and frankly, it's a mystery why this is not done on the boat

HOUSING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger can be accommodated in cages with stout iron bars. Make sure, however, that the bars are wide enough to push pieces of nigger food through. The rule of thumb is, four niggers per square yard of cage. So a fifteen foot by thirty foot nigger cage can accommodate two hundred niggers. You can site a nigger cage anywhere, even on soft ground. Don't worry about your nigger fashioning makeshift shovels out of odd pieces of wood and digging an escape tunnel under the bars of the cage. Niggers never invented the shovel before and they're not about to now. In any case, your nigger is certainly too lazy to attempt escape. As long as the free food holds out, your nigger is living better than it did in Africa, so it will stay put. Buck niggers and hoe niggers can be safely accommodated in the same cage, as bucks never attempt sex with black hoes.

FEEDING YOUR NIGGER.
Your Nigger likes fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. You should therefore give it none of these things because its lazy ass almost certainly doesn't deserve it. Instead, feed it on porridge with salt, and creek water. Your nigger will supplement its diet with whatever it finds in the fields, other niggers, etc. Experienced nigger owners sometimes push watermelon slices through the bars of the nigger cage at the end of the day as a treat, but only if all niggers have worked well and nothing has been stolen that day. Mike of the Old Ranch Plantation reports that this last one is a killer, since all niggers steal something almost every single day of their lives. He reports he doesn't have to spend much on free watermelon for his niggers as a result. You should never allow your nigger meal breaks while at work, since if it stops work for more than ten minutes it will need to be retrained. You would be surprised how long it takes to teach a nigger to pick cotton. You really would. Coffee beans? Don't ask. You have no idea.

MAKING YOUR NIGGER WORK.
Niggers are very, very averse to work of any kind. The nigger's most prominent anatomical feature, after all, its oversized buttocks, which have evolved to make it more comfortable for your nigger to sit around all day doing nothing for its entire life. Niggers are often good runners, too, to enable them to sprint quickly in the opposite direction if they see work heading their way. The solution to this is to *dupe* your nigger into working. After installation, encourage it towards the cotton field with blows of a wooden club, fence post, baseball bat, etc., and then tell it that all that cotton belongs to a white man, who won't be back until tomorrow. Your nigger will then frantically compete with the other field niggers to steal as much of that cotton as it can before the white man returns. At the end of the day, return your nigger to its cage and laugh at its stupidity, then repeat the same trick every day indefinitely. Your nigger comes equipped with the standard nigger IQ of 75 and a memory to match, so it will forget this trick overnight. Niggers can start work at around 5am. You should then return to bed and come back at around 10am. Your niggers can then work through until around 10pm or whenever the light fades.

ENTERTAINING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger enjoys play, like most animals, so you should play with it regularly. A happy smiling nigger works best. Games niggers enjoy include: 1) A good thrashing: every few days, take your nigger's pants down, hang it up by its heels, and have some of your other niggers thrash it with a club or whip. Your nigger will signal its intense enjoyment by shrieking and sobbing. 2) Lynch the nigger: niggers are cheap and there are millions more where yours came from. So every now and then, push the boat out a bit and lynch a nigger.

Lynchings are best done with a rope over the branch of a tree, and niggers just love to be lynched. It makes them feel special. Make your other niggers watch. They'll be so grateful, they'll work harder for a day or two (and then you can lynch another one). 3) Nigger dragging: Tie your nigger by one wrist to the tow bar on the back of suitable vehicle, then drive away at approximately 50mph. Your nigger's shrieks of enjoyment will be heard for miles. It will shriek until it falls apart. To prolong the fun for the nigger, do *NOT* drag him by his feet, as his head comes off too soon. This is painless for the nigger, but spoils the fun. Always wear a seatbelt and never exceed the speed limit. 4) Playing on the PNL: a variation on (2), except you can lynch your nigger out in the fields, thus saving work time. Niggers enjoy this game best if the PNL is operated by a man in a tall white hood. 5) Hunt the nigger: a variation of Hunt the Slipper, but played outdoors, with Dobermans. WARNING: do not let your Dobermans bite a nigger, as they are highly toxic.

DISPOSAL OF DEAD NIGGERS.
Niggers die on average at around 40, which some might say is 40 years too late, but there you go. Most people prefer their niggers dead, in fact. When yours dies, report the license number of the car that did the drive-by shooting of your nigger. The police will collect the nigger and dispose of it for you.

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH NIGGERS - MY NIGGER IS VERY AGGRESIVE
Have it put down, for god's sake. Who needs an uppity nigger? What are we, short of niggers or something?

MY NIGGER KEEPS RAPING WHITE WOMEN
They all do this. Shorten your nigger's chain so it can't reach any white women, and arm heavily any white women who might go near it.

WILL MY NIGGER ATTACK ME?
Not unless it outnumbers you 20 to 1, and even then, it's not likely. If niggers successfully overthrew their owners, they'd have to sort out their own food. This is probably why nigger uprisings were nonexistent (until some fool gave them rights).
MY NIGGER bitches ABOUT ITS "RIGHTS" AND "RACISM".
Yeah, well, it would. Tell it to shut the fuck up.

MY NIGGER'S HIDE IS A FUNNY COLOR. - WHAT IS THE CORRECT SHADE FOR A NIGGER?
A nigger's skin is actually more or less transparent. That brown color you can see is the shit your nigger is full of. This is why some models of nigger are sold as "The Shitskin".

MY NIGGER ACTS LIKE A NIGGER, BUT IS WHITE.
What you have there is a "wigger". Rough crowd. WOW!

IS THAT LIKE AN ALBINO? ARE THEY RARE?
They're as common as dog shit and about as valuable. In fact, one of them was President between 1992 and 2000. Put your wigger in a cage with a few hundred genuine niggers and you'll soon find it stops acting like a nigger. However, leave it in the cage and let the niggers dispose of it. The best thing for any wigger is a dose of TNB.

MY NIGGER SMELLS REALLY BAD
And you were expecting what?

SHOULD I STORE MY DEAD NIGGER?
When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "Dead nigger storage"? That's because there ain't no goddamn sign.

Lower internet prices... (0, Offtopic)

ohxten (1248800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750563)

Maybe Comcast will start charging less now for their internet if Classmates.com goes out of business, what with the huge decrease in used bandwidth thanks to the absence of these God-forsaken ads.

Oh, nevermind, we're talking about Comcast here.

Unilateral Action: Denied. (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750579)

When I see "One of your classmates wants to contact you!" I just say to myself "If they're someone I wanted to keep contact with, they would know how to get ahold of me."

I also get a lot of those Crushmail...

Accountability? (4, Insightful)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750621)

The sad thing is how surprising it is to see classmates.com being taken to task. I've reached the point where I hear of an organization sending unsolicited lies to people in order to trick them and flood them with advertising, and I think nothing of it. It's the way he world works - but maybe it doesn't have to be the way the world works.

classmates service that people would pay for (4, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750627)

"Which one of your former classmates is doing hardcore pr0n now? Find out!"

Reminds me of that 4chan motivational poster, I think they called it "expectations," showing the yearbook photo of a girl and her "what I want to be when I grow up" quote with a close-up of her a few years later taking a facial on some gonzo pr0n shoot. Funny in a "yikes, not really" sort of way.

Re:classmates service that people would pay for (1)

turtledawn (149719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750783)

I know at least one of my classmates is getting close- she was on Flava of Love last year, and seems to be milking it for all she's worth. Funny how if you implied she was anything but lily-white back in school, she'd try to kill you but she's working it now.

Re:classmates service that people would pay for (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25750813)

I laughed at your post, then thought, "you know, I really would pay for that."

Re:classmates service that people would pay for (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750911)

My blood runs cold, my memory has just been sold, My angel is a centerfold!

Re:classmates service that people would pay for (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751217)

My blood runs cold,
my memory has just been sold,
My angel is a centerfold!
I'm a complete slave to
Burma Shave

Excellent! (5, Insightful)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750649)

OK, bla bla bla, social networking, bla. Classmates.com, facebook, myspace, and everything else like it exist for two purposes: Selling advertising, and collecting aggregate data. We all know this. All pretense of "keeping in touch" is nothing more than the carrot to collect your information. No big deal, although it does bear repeating now and then.

However, the people behind classmates.com have gone one step farther--they're actively lying to get people to (a) sign up, and (b) pay for a "premium" membership. This is absolutely clear fraud on their part, and I hope they get kicked to the curb for it. Being a sleazy company operating within the law just wasn't enough for them.

Hopefully "eCrush" is next. The fact that they keep getting in trouble and keep popping back up with the same crap is reason enough to throw them in jail.

Re:Excellent! (3, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751123)

Well they make their money selling advertising and collecting data for marketing information. That isn't necessarily bad as they offer a service that people actually like, and means if you are going to get advertising you will probably see more that is based on what you are interested in and less in the random stuff. However you must realize these services will not be around unless they know of a way to use it to maintain revenue. Not that being said. Trying to trick people into paying for a service is wrong. Yes it works but good business is to make people want to on their own free will happy to pay for the service. Not try to trick them into it.

Re:Excellent! (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751267)

"Selling advertising, and collecting aggregate data ..."
"Being a sleazy company operating within the law just wasn't enough for them."

I don't disagree with anything you said, but I think calling the main premise of these sites sleazy reaches a bit far. That's pretty much the reason 90% of profitable websites exist (with the caveat "profitable" because it excludes 99% of websites that don't matter). In the end, the point is turning a profit, whether by offering a free service with the above annoyances or charging for the service (often with the same annoyances).

I need to adjust my attitude. (1)

BuhDuh (1102769) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750713)

Damn! Wish I had thought of it. As a baby-boomer who only emigrated to the U.S. in 2001, I thought it hilarious when I got these emails, Guess us Brits are just not litigious enough.

Re:I need to adjust my attitude. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25751233)

Correct term would be 'immigrated to the US'. You could have 'emigrated from Britain'.

Doesn't surprise me (2, Informative)

Mike Rice (626857) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750791)

Quite some time ago I browsed the site, and found contacts there to several long-lost friends and acquaintances.

In order to contact them cold, I had to buy a membership, which I did (yeah, my stupid).

Of course having signed up and provided my email address, I was immediately inundated with hundreds of unsolicited offers for 'penis growth factor' and get rich quick schemes & etc... along with many messages which claimed an old buddy was trying to contact me, and all I need to do was buy a membership (which I already had).

I never heard back from anyone I tried to contact through Classmates.
And I never heard from anyone else who tried to contact me through Classmates.

After a while I wrote it off as a learning experience. Doesn't surprise me at all to see the organization is being slammed and sued... just another on-line shyster.

They are also giving out your credit card... (5, Informative)

jarrowwx (775068) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750811)

We found a bill on our credit card statement from some company. We called them, and they claimed that we signed up through Classmates.com. We never actually received ANYTHING from this company except a charge on our credit card. No emails, no snail mails, no services, nothing. Classmates tried to claim that by clicking some button, my wife was authorizing them to send her credit card information to this 3rd party. Anybody else think that a single-click, deceptively labeled, is adequate for disclosing credit card information? If there IS a class-action lawsuit against them, I want in on it. No joke.

Re:They are also giving out your credit card... (4, Informative)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750939)

Anybody else think that a single-click, deceptively labeled, is adequate for disclosing credit card information?

Deceptive and infringing on Amazon's One Click patent!

Re:They are also giving out your credit card... (1)

NewWorldDan (899800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750941)

Classmates has also billed my credit card without authorization. They still owe me $30. If I ever meet one of the assholes that works there, I'm going to beat that money out of him with a baseball bat.

Re:They are also giving out your credit card... (1)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751209)

If you didn't do a chargeback, then you deserve what you got. One phone call and you'd have your $30. If you are too lazy to do that, but want to spend time ranting about it on the Internet all day long, then you are beyond help.

Re:They are also giving out your credit card... (1)

Piranhaa (672441) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751399)

Agreed. A similar thing happened to me with GoDaddy. I had purchased a domain for a friend with some type of premium advertising add-on which would flaunt the domain name over the internet. After my friend decided he no longer wanted the domain name, I canceled the auto-renew on it thinking I stopped everything. This was NOT the case. The domain name itself was canceled, however, it still dinged $30 off my credit card for the advertising bit. Why would I want to advertise a domain I'm not getting?? Long story short, I emailed GoDaddy about it, and they refused to refund me because I didn't stop the auto-renewal (even though I clearly did - on the domain). So I called Visa, and said I wouldn't have to pay the charge while they were investigating it. In the end, I was refunded that charge.

I still go through them for my domain name, since they do have very good pricing, but that experience is going to stick with me for a very, very long time.

Re:They are also giving out your credit card... (1)

secretcurse (1266724) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751075)

They wouldn't have your credit card number if you didn't give it to them...

not always true (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751211)

Not always true. I've had numbers I never gave charged by companies that had past business relations with me. They simply called up MasterCard (or whatever they did), asked for the new number, and got to charge me without my permission. I know this because my card was hacked and replaced with a new number, which I never gave them.

Re:not always true (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751461)

Not always true. I've had numbers I never gave charged by companies that had past business relations with me. They simply called up MasterCard (or whatever they did), asked for the new number, and got to charge me without my permission. I know this because my card was hacked and replaced with a new number, which I never gave them.

If that happened, you need to cancel that credit card and inform MasterCard. That is a clear violation of the law and MasterCard's merchant agreements.

Re:not always true (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751633)

I believe I got my money back after considerable phone time. Many years later (i.e. this year) I learned that you can't just break an agreement by having your number change. You still have to like.. formally cancel with the company and such. I have no idea what the agreement says about that. I remember the days of "the customer is always right". (Actually, I don't.)

Re:They are also giving out your credit card... (2, Interesting)

taustin (171655) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751077)

If they're doing that sort of thing on a regular basis, disputing the charge is trivial. I had it happen once with a one-time membership fee at a web site that was not only turned in to a recurring membership, but double charged, to boot. I didn't even have to fill out the usual chargeback paperwork when I called my credit card company. It was the usual, skeptical, "Well, let me just pull this up and see what we have" attitude until I told him which charge, and he pulled up the chargeback history on that merchant, and told me "The credit will be on your account by tomorrow."

From the sounds of it, classmates.com is either in, or rapidly headed to, that category.

Re:They are also giving out your credit card... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25751189)

You were stupid enough to give them your credit card number?

Or they used their magical web 2.0 powers to suck it out of your skull?

One should be looked into. The other... Not.

Re:They are also giving out your credit card... (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751235)

How did they get your CC number to begin with? Seems to me there's something more here than "I just clicked on a button".

Happens often. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25751371)

AS part of my job, I get calls from angry card holders who've have been billed fraudulently by websites such as this one.

Another scam is when websites require a CC for their "Free Trial" and all you have to do is cancel before 30 days so you don't get billed. Well, in most cases, folks who do cancel somehow have their cancellation "lost" or "never received" by the company. And those are the folks who actually remembered to cancel on time. Unfortunately, there wasn't much the CC company would do for them. Call your own company and see - some will back their card holders a bit more than others. Credit Unions are the best in my experience. Big monster mega banks are the worst.

Never give a CC for a "Free Trial". Take your business elsewhere. As a matter of fact, I knew an operator that counted on most people forgetting and then when they get their bill the following month, canceling in writing, and then being billed for another month because they were already in a second billing period. He made at least 2 months of revenues off of those people. He was actually honest. When you canceled, he canceled you.

And for the very few legitimate businesses out there that use that technique; well, find another method to limit free trials.

If you do have a problem with those cheating assholes, file a complaint with your State's Attorney General's office of consumer affairs, your bank, the FTC, and if your bank gives you a hassle, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency [occ.gov] will kick their ass. The BBB is worthless.

Social networking, web 2.0 - all crap. (0, Troll)

zerofoo (262795) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750827)

If you need a website to keep in touch with your "friends" you may need to seriously re-evaluate your friendships.

Nothing can replace real-life dating or drinking a beer and watching a game with your friends. It's also nice to get your kids and your friend's kids playing together in real life.

Myspace, facebook, classmates, twitter - they are all crap and can not replace face to face interactions with humans.

And to those that say "but, but, but....they are great for keeping in touch with distant friends" - ever heard of email? And while you are at it - try meeting some new friends close to you - it isn't hard.

The web is making all of us lazy when it comes to personal relationships. I don't care if you are the CEO of a multinational firm or a mother of 10; make time - it's worth it.

-ted

Re:Social networking, web 2.0 - all crap. (2, Funny)

RobinH (124750) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750991)

Ok sir, I'll get off your lawn.

Re:Social networking, web 2.0 - all crap. (1)

MosX (773406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751047)

What's wrong with sending a Facebook message to a friend saying, "Hey, wanna hang out and have a beer?" Because that's how many people use it. Not as a replacement for real interaction.

Re:Social networking, web 2.0 - all crap. (4, Funny)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751109)

Wow, you have contact information on every person you've ever met in your life?

I congratulate you, sir, on your extensive record keeping.

All the contact information I want to keep. (1, Troll)

zerofoo (262795) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751271)

I don't care to keep in touch with everyone I've ever met in my life.

I do, however, have contact information on everyone I choose to keep in touch with.

It's an amazingly simple process.....but I'm sure some PHP/Ruby/MySQL jockey will tell me there is a better way. All I have to do is sign-up, pay some money, and endure some flash ads.

No thanks.

-ted

Re:Social networking, web 2.0 - all crap. (1)

Ringl (895323) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751263)

If you can't keep in touch with your friends on the web, you may seriously need to re-evaluate your friendships.

There's nothing like a game of scrabulous with your friend on the other coast. Later on we even show each other pictures of our real life kids!

Social Networking sites - They're all great! Unless you're frequently described as "crotchety."

And to those that say "but, but, but...you just call a bunch of people friends and you don't even know them" - how about letting people use the services they want to, and you can choose not to use them. Problem solved.

The web is a great way to organize with local friend, and have a hub to constantly keep in touch with distant friends.

-stevens

haha, sad old man (0, Flamebait)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751327)

Because everytime I type something that takes 15 seconds, I *really* want to spend 5 minutes going through my addressbook of 1200 contacts to figure out who my 100 actual friend are. Over, and over, and over. And I just love managing lists and having to add friends to it one at a time. [extreme sarcasm on] It especially works well with all the people I lost touch with and didn't have the email address of! [/sarcasm off] You know, the ones that populate my friend list these days? The people I liked and thought I'd never see again?

Indeed, we should all get off your lawn.

Nevermind the fact that everything you said could (and was) said about email 10 years ago. It's almost like you became an old man when it was past being cool to do so, haha.

Re:Social networking, web 2.0 - all crap. (1)

Vancorps (746090) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751351)

Why on earth would you want to waste time sending the same picture to ten of your friends at different times because they became interested. It makes more sense to post content and interested people can see what you want to share.

No one is advocating replacing face to face interactions, Myspace hookups are quite common with people meeting friends of friends first online and then in real life.

As for distant friends, are you saying email is the same as chatting in real time? Why not choose to call them on the phone instead of email? Are you too lazy to pick up the phone and call them? There is plenty of room for all kinds of communication. No, none of it is necessary, neither is posting on Slashdot, we do it for entertainment and as such, Myspace and Facebook are quite entertaining for millions of people.

Finally, for meeting friends close to me, I'm at work a lot, so are several of my friends, we plan events and collaborate online to get it all organized. Social tools can be very handy when used appropriately. I've also become friends with people I don't get to interact with very often by messaging on Myspace. So then when schedules line up we get together in real life and much fun is had by all.

I really don't understand your hostility towards social networking. People that create drama on Myspace also unsurprisingly create drama in real life so where's the harm?

We aren't lazy, we are legitimately busy people who want to arrange our social time so that we will have fun while we're out rather than going out on our own and risk not meeting anyone worth talking to.

Re:Social networking, web 2.0 - all crap. (1)

i love pineapples (742841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751553)

Wow, so you've never, ever lost touch with someone you knew in a former life (job, school, neighborhood) and/or never had the desire to look them up? You must have one hell of an address book.

Classmates blew it (4, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750943)

Classmates could have been the first myspace/facebook (they had a jump on the market). Instead they went the "pay us" subscription route, forever ensuring that they would be a fringe player at best (rendering them worthless in a field where mass participation is so essential). Their advertising scams are just a sign of their continued cluelessness and a reminder of their lack of foresight and failure.

I signed up for classmates.com (2, Interesting)

Mesa MIke (1193721) | more than 5 years ago | (#25750957)

... but I've left instructions there to look for me elsewhere, since classmates.com wants money for anything useful.

If all the other social networking sites can do it for free, why use classmates.com?

Class of Cellblock R-85 (1)

CNO Dave (266707) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751043)

I graduated from High School at the Arizona State Prison. Wonder what the guys are doing now??

This could be scary if... (1)

AnalPerfume (1356177) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751137)

....all your classmates used to bully you and genuinely are trying to contact you after all these years. Or if someone remembered you owed them money and finally found a way to track your ass down.

I always seemed to have 24 people looking for me (1)

Rastl (955935) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751161)

Before I finally got fed up and opted out of any contact from them Classmates always said there were 24 people looking to reconnect with me or viewed my profile or some nonsense like that. In every message from them. So either they were lying or there were 24 people with nothing else to do but read my sparse and uninteresting profile.

I'm guessing Classmates was lying to me.

For a while it was a good thing. But now LinkedIn is my medium of choice since it is more relevant than people I haven't seen in 25 years and am glad for it.

I'll need to see if the class action suit is worthwhile or just another one where all the money goes to to the lawyers and the plantiffs get a year's worth of Gold membership.

Re:I always seemed to have 24 people looking for m (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751275)

As best I can tell, the number of people trying to contact you is an aggregate of all the users who wanted to view additional information about you--the type of information only paid users can post. I've watched my number of people who want to connect with me climb over the years.

I would completely pull out of the site, but it is, perhaps my best shot at figuring out when my 20-year reunion will be held next year (since I now live far from my old home).

Next in my sights . . . (3, Insightful)

LMacG (118321) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751301)

reunion.com

Same misleading type of message, but I've apparently gotten signed up for them by some chucklehead can't type his own gmail address. The first email I got from them said "confirm your membership" which of course I didn't. And big surprise, there's nothing in that email that will let me say "hey, you've got the wrong man." (I spell my name . . . Danger). And even though I didn't confirm "my" membership, I still got additional email with "1 Search for Joe Doaks - Find Out Who!"

Thank $DIETY for gmail's instantly trainable spam filter.

How about some positives? (5, Interesting)

mschuyler (197441) | more than 5 years ago | (#25751331)

Mostly negative stuff about classmates here; and I don't disagree with the lawsuit, which is about tactics, not content. But let me tell you a couple of stories about how classmates contributed positively to a couple of situations.

I had a colleague who told me an intriguing and sorrowful story. She got pregnant during her very first sexual experience. Her mother was in denial until the baby started kicking. Her mother then proceeded to put her daughter in an apartment in a nearby city, cut her red hair and dye it black, and wait for the baby to come to term. It was born and whisked away for adoption before my colleague laid eyes on it. (What a mother, eh?) The father was never informed and told my colleague was spending the semester overseas. Mother arranged letters to be sent from France until they dwindled to nothing. I was told this story maybe 20 years ago, and the thing is, I knew the father slightly because I knew I had see a picture of him on the swim team in my annual, who had gone to my high school (along with Ted Bundy). About 5 years ago my colleague, through her own research, found her long-lost son. We decided to try to contact the father. I went through classmates.com and found him. My colleague paid for my gold membership for a year. I contacted the father via email, set up a meeting, and he and my colleague were re-united. He was, of course, very surprised to know he had a grown son. Father and son got into contact, and, for better or worse, both natural parents are in contact with their son. Naturally, they do not replace the 'real' family who raised the kid, but it certainly expanded all their lives. I didn't re-up with Classmates. I get an email once in awhile, but it's certainly nothing overwhelming or particularly bothersome.

The second thing classmates has allowed me to do is researh in genealogy. A few of us were into DNA analysis of the family (for our own reasons) going back to the late 1700's when our ancestor in question lived. His name was Jeremiah Pack and we wanted to know his ethnic background along with that of his wife. We found direct descendents of Jeremiah pretty readily, but finding direct descendents of his wife was a daunting task because surnames of females change every generation. After several years of research we finally found a 4th cousin or so who had a complete chart with names. I was able to go onto classmates.com and find the names, and write to the likely suspects. I found a couple of women who were direct descendents of Jeremaih's wife through the female lines, therefore their MtDNA was a match. We were able to do the testing and come to a suitable conclusion. This is not as 'heart-rending' a story as the first one, but I have to tell you it settled a generations-old mystery and legend for our families.

In both cases, the positive conclusions would not have been possible without classmates.com. That doesn't forgive their questionable marketing tactics, but let's not claim the service has no value. It depends on what you are looking for.

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