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Bacn

The neologism bacn describes e-mail that’s not quite spam but nonetheless isn’t welcome. (It’s lesser spam, thus its place in the growing cyber-pork family.) Let’s say that somewhere along the way you willingly gave a company or organization your e-mail address, and now they’re sending you crap—bacn—all the time.

For me, the biggest senders of bacn are McAfee and Ticketmaster. As a (reluctant) user of their products and services, I could initially tolerate a certain amount of e-mail. But they’ve tested my patience again and again, and all of it is used up.

So here are my imperfect options: Erase the messages when they come (while cursing their names); hit the ‘Spam’ button, even though, technically, I gave them my address. (This increases the chance that the sender will get into trouble from my internet service provider (ISP) and/or e-mail service—kind of harsh, especially since it was I who offered up my e-mail address; or take the 20 seconds required to unsubscribe from their promotional e-mails.

The thing about the last option is it’s a pain. (OK, a minor one, but still.) What if you want to send a message to Company X that you will tolerate—appreciate even—a few e-mail promotions here and there, once in a while? But you also want to emphasize that you won’t abide a constant deluge of offers and uninteresting newsletters.

Enter the ‘Bacn’ button.

This button will let you send that warning message, that shot across the bow. By labeling an e-mail bacn, you’re saying to Company X, “I realize I willingly gave you my e-mail, but you’re testing my patience, and you can’t continue on your current track.”

Your e-mail provider, Gmail, yahoo, etc., would take note of your bacn reports and, if they got to certain number, would then notify the sender of imminent peril should they keep sending unwanted e-mail.

Good idea?

4 Responses to “Bacn”


  1. 1 Dan Glenballs

    since mass emailing is an automated chore by company x, it shouldn’t be hard to accommodate bacn from the consumers. The way bacn should be handled by company x: they send out an email that allows you to modify your email preferences so you don’t have to go to their website and actually navigate your way to that page. Easy peasy. brilliant idea 2 roads +1. but why leave out the ‘o’ in bacon? are you purposely making it a four letter word? interesting . . . clever.

    spam is excellent when cooked with pineapple and served over rice. and bacon, what can’t you do with bacon?

    i’m naked

  2. 2 Jeb

    To answer your last question, there is nothing; there is nothing one cannot do with bacon.

    Bacon is the answer to any gastronomic question:

    How can I make this soup better? Bacon.

    How can I make these mashed potatoes even more delicious? Bacon.

    How can I improve this BLT? The answer is simple: add more bacon to make it a BBLT (bacon, bacon, lettuce and tomato).

    Alas, I cannot take credit for the clever omission of the O in bacn. Maybe the O was omitted out of respect for real bacon, which is, as we’ve established, good on/with everything.

  3. 3 logan

    It makes me uncomfortable to know that Glenballs was naked while commenting. He must really like this blog.

    Still don’t get the “O”mission in bacn.

    Still uncomfortable about Glenballs being naked.

  4. 4 Jeb

    I share your discomfort, Logan. This is supposed to be a blog the whole family reads together. That Dan Glenballs!

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