Phase 2″ WTF



  • <FONT size=2>

    I just got this email from BlogRush: 

    THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS *CRITICAL*

    INFORMATION. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT

    TO READ IT RIGHT NOW.

    In This Message:

    - TrafficJam.com Is Coming

    - 42% Increase In Free Traffic

    - Widget Performance Monitoring

    - All Members Must Be Displaying The Widget

    - Closing In On ONE BILLION Blog Headlines

    We’ve received TONS of positive feedback on the

    release of "Phase 2&#8243; for BlogRush!

    Needless to say, I won't be putting their widget on my blog.

    </FONT>


  • @TunnelRat said:

    Needless to say, I won't be putting their widget on my blog.

    What's the issue?  <font><font size="2">&#8243; is a valid HTML entity (the double prime symbol).  What email app do you use?
    </font></font>



  • TRWTF is going through the trouble of posting your spam in a forum.



  • @TunnelRat said:

    <font size="2">I just got this email from BlogRush: </font>

    <font size="2">THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS *CRITICAL*</font>

    <font size="2">INFORMATION. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT</font>

    <font size="2">TO READ IT RIGHT NOW.</font>

    <font size="2">In This Message:</font>

    <font size="2">- TrafficJam.com Is Coming</font>

    <font size="2">- 42% Increase In Free Traffic</font>

    <font size="2">- Widget Performance Monitoring</font>

    <font size="2">- All Members Must Be Displaying The Widget</font>

    <font size="2">- Closing In On ONE BILLION Blog Headlines</font>

    <font size="2">We’ve received TONS of positive feedback on the</font>

    <font size="2">release of "Phase 2&#8243; for BlogRush!</font>

    <font size="2">Needless to say, I won't be putting their widget on my blog.</font>

    Incidentally, &#8243; is the "double prime" symbol. So, it would be

    ...release of "Phase 2″ for BlogRush!



  • @purge said:

    @TunnelRat said:

    Needless to say, I won't be putting their widget on my blog.

    What's the issue?  <FONT size=+0><FONT size=2>&#8243; is a valid HTML entity (the double prime symbol).  What email app do you use?
    </FONT></FONT>

    Oh, I see now it's all my fault.  I should be able to unencode HTML entity codes on the fly.  My bad, sorry.



  • @TunnelRat said:

    @purge said:

    @TunnelRat said:

    Needless to say, I won't be putting their widget on my blog.

    What's the issue?  <font size="+0"><font size="2">&#8243; is a valid HTML entity (the double prime symbol).  What email app do you use?
    </font></font>

    Oh, I see now it's all my fault.  I should be able to unencode HTML entity codes on the fly.  My bad, sorry.

    Or at least be able to recognize it as an HTML entity, and not feel that finding one in a spam email is worthy of sharing with the world.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    ...and not feel that finding one in a spam email is worthy of sharing with the world.

    dude, it’s an error’d; it’s supposed to suck.



  • Wait. I'm confused. Can someone please explain to me exactly why nobody has deleted this guy's account yet? I just at a loss here.



  • @TunnelRat said:

    Oh, I see now it's all my fault.  I should be able to unencode HTML entity codes on the fly.  My bad, sorry.

    No one is blaming you*;  I merely asked a question in an effort to troubleshoot the issue.

     

    <font style="font-size: 7pt;">* In this particular instance on this particular day only.  All other Worse Than Failure Side Bar forum posts by user TunnelRat are hereby subject to scrutiny, bashing, and flames.  In each instance, TunnelRat's argument is presumed to be without merit.  Users of this forum understand and agree that any and all posts by TunnelRat are probably going to be dumb.  All rights reserved. 
     </font>



  • @purge said:

    @TunnelRat said:

    Oh, I see now it's all my fault.  I should be able to unencode HTML entity codes on the fly.  My bad, sorry.

    No one is blaming you*;  I merely asked a question in an effort to troubleshoot the issue.

     

    <FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 7pt">* In this particular instance on this particular day only.  All other Worse Than Failure Side Bar forum posts by user TunnelRat are hereby subject to scrutiny, bashing, and flames.  In each instance, TunnelRat's argument is presumed to be without merit.  Users of this forum understand and agree that any and all posts by TunnelRat are probably going to be dumb.  All rights reserved. 
     </FONT>

    ROFL. 

    But if I had a problem, I would have posted to the Coding Question forum.  This was just WTF, a rather lame one at that.  But thanks anyway, my email program is fine, it is the idiot that programmed the email message that needs troubleshooting help.



  • @ArneArts said:

    Wait. I'm confused. Can someone please explain to me exactly why nobody has deleted this guy's account yet? I just at a loss here.

    Because the mods are open minded and tolerant, which is more than I can say about some of the members. 

     



  • @TunnelRat said:

    @ArneArts said:

    Wait. I'm confused. Can someone please explain to me exactly why nobody has deleted this guy's account yet? I just at a loss here.

    Because the mods are open minded and tolerant, which is more than I can say about some of the members. 

     

     

    ROFL LMAO Isn't THAT the pot calling the kettle black!

    This is pure gold!

     



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    @TunnelRat said:

    @ArneArts said:

    Wait. I'm confused. Can someone please explain to me exactly why nobody has deleted this guy's account yet? I just at a loss here.

    Because the mods are open minded and tolerant, which is more than I can say about some of the members. 

     

     

    ROFL LMAO Isn't THAT the pot calling the kettle black!

    This is pure gold!

     

    Please tell me that English is your second langauge.  I said the mods are open minded and tolerant, not that I'm necessarily open minded and tolerant.



  • @TunnelRat said:

    @MasterPlanSoftware said:
    @TunnelRat said:

    @ArneArts said:

    Wait. I'm confused. Can someone please explain to me exactly why nobody has deleted this guy's account yet? I just at a loss here.

    Because the mods are open minded and tolerant, which is more than I can say about some of the members. 

     

     

    ROFL LMAO Isn't THAT the pot calling the kettle black!

    This is pure gold!

     

    Please tell me that English is your second langauge.  I said the mods are open minded and tolerant, not that I'm necessarily open minded and tolerant.

    Apparently this cliche was a little over your head...

    "which is more than I can say about some of the members."

     That would be the part that applies.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    Apparently this cliche was a little over your head...

    "which is more than I can say about some of the members."

     That would be the part that applies.

    Disagree.  I am going to have to take this up with the guys still debating the use of he/she/their at one of my other WTF posts : http://forums.worsethanfailure.com/forums/thread/134298.aspx 

     



  • Still not understanding the cliche, I see. 

    Just let it go... 

     

     

     



  • @TunnelRat said:

    @ArneArts said:

    Wait. I'm confused. Can someone please explain to me exactly why nobody has deleted this guy's account yet? I just at a loss here.

    Because the mods are open minded and tolerant, which is more than I can say about some of the members. 

     

    IMO deleting accounts is for spammers and trolls (by a very narrow definition) only. For other misbehaving posters, deleting the offending posts is enough "punishment".



  • I'm guessing the most interesting point will be if the ampersand of the html entity of tunnelrats spam email was "&" or "&amp;", also interesting to know is if he viewed the mail in text mode or HTML more, lot's of times email sending programs just strip all html from a email and present it as the text version. (leaving html entities untouched, but of course also not parsed by the client in text modus)

     

    -edit-
    with interesting, i mean more interesting then bitching about tunnelrat. assholes exist, so do saints. who cares?, why care?, everyone dies.

     



  • @stratos said:

    I'm guessing the most interesting point will be if the ampersand of the html entity of tunnelrats spam email was "&" or "&amp;", also interesting to know is if he viewed the mail in text mode or HTML more, lot's of times email sending programs just strip all html from a email and present it as the text version. (leaving html entities untouched, but of course also not parsed by the client in text modus)

     

    -edit-
    with interesting, i mean more interesting then bitching about tunnelrat. assholes exist, so do saints. who cares?, why care?, everyone dies.

     

    Also "interesting" to know may be the locale of the sender, as it takes a special moment of bewilderment in order to:

    A) use anything but another double-quote on the US English keyboard to close text opened with that same character;
    😎 use "nicely slanted" quotes and manage to choose the double prime instead of actual quotes.



  • @dhromed said:

    @stratos said:

    I'm guessing the most interesting point will be if the ampersand of the html entity of tunnelrats spam email was "&" or "&amp;", also interesting to know is if he viewed the mail in text mode or HTML more, lot's of times email sending programs just strip all html from a email and present it as the text version. (leaving html entities untouched, but of course also not parsed by the client in text modus)

     

    -edit-
    with interesting, i mean more interesting then bitching about tunnelrat. assholes exist, so do saints. who cares?, why care?, everyone dies.

     

    Also "interesting" to know may be the locale of the sender, as it takes a special moment of bewilderment in order to:

    A) use anything but another double-quote on the US English keyboard to close text opened with that same character;
    😎 use "nicely slanted" quotes and manage to choose the double prime instead of actual quotes.

    Perhaps he simply copy pasted it from somewhere, not knowing that there's actually a specific character for this use. “ and ” or perhaps even the HEAVY DOUBLE COMMA QUOTATION MARK ORNAMENT (❞) (yes that's what it is called, although upper-case is because my character map does that. and i'm too lazy to actually type it)



  • @dhromed said:

    Also "interesting" to know may be the locale of the sender, as it takes a special moment of bewilderment in order to:

    A) use anything but another double-quote on the US English keyboard to close text opened with that same character;
    😎 use "nicely slanted" quotes and manage to choose the double prime instead of actual quotes.

    WordPress' quote-smartening routines do this, actually. Though in most circumstances it converts ASCII quotes to the proper curly quotes, any ASCII apostrophe or quotation mark following a digit is converted to prime or double prime, because WordPress blindly assumes that if it's a quotation mark following a number, it must stand for feet or inches.

    If I recall, WordPerfect does something similar too (or at least it did in version 8, the last version I used), though I can't remember if it used the prime symbol or just straight quotes.



  • If they used MS Word to create the HTML for their email then it could have put in the fancy double quotes.  I think the feature is called "smart quotes"  (in MS Word, the quotes around that would be slanted inwards on each side).



  • @MrYates said:

    If they used MS Word to create the HTML for their email then it could have put in the fancy double quotes.  I think the feature is called "smart quotes"  (in MS Word, the quotes around that would be slanted inwards on each side).
    perhaps you should have also read some of the posts. Then you might have guessed that there are actually separate characters for that, and the're not called double prime.

     If it's true what
    codeman38 says, then i guess that's probably what happened.
     



  • @MrYates said:

    If they used MS Word to create the HTML for their email then it could have put in the fancy double quotes.  I think the feature is called "smart quotes"  (in MS Word, the quotes around that would be slanted inwards on each side).

    Word inserts actual quotes, as in &ldquo; and &rdquo;, but not primes -- as far as I know.



  • @stratos said:

    Perhaps he simply copy pasted it from
    somewhere, not knowing that there's actually a specific character for
    this use. “ and ” or perhaps even the HEAVY DOUBLE COMMA QUOTATION MARK
    ORNAMENT (❞) (yes that's what it is called, although upper-case is
    because my character map does that. and i'm too lazy to actually type
    it)

     

    DO NOT TAUNT HEAVY DOUBLE COMMA QUOTATION MARK ORNAMENT!

     



  • Slightly off topic, but I've noticed that a lot of Linux related help pages (Perl expecially) use two apostrophes on one side and a quotation mark on the other.  Anybody know why?



  • Poor man's ``curly quotes", the opening being `backquotes'. They should stop doing it, it's fugly. There's no need in printed text to have different opening and closing "quotes".



  • @Cap'n Steve said:

    Slightly off topic, but I've noticed that a lot of Linux related help pages (Perl expecially) use two apostrophes on one side and a quotation mark on the other. Anybody know why?


    That is a very long and complex story. See http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/ucs/quotes.html for some relevant information. (I'll note that while he says it's X fonts that did this, so did many console fonts)


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