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(AZCentral)   Harvard acceptance emails trashed by AOL spam filter   ( divider line
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5147 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Dec 2001 at 9:13 AM (18 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2001-12-28 9:17:18 AM  
You use aol, then you deserve what you get.

Dumbasses are nothing but chat room perverts and pedo stalkers anyway.
2001-12-28 9:19:03 AM  
they should have been turned down immediately for Harvard if they put an email address on their application.
2001-12-28 9:24:33 AM  
I just sent in my application, decided not to list FARK as one of my activities.
2001-12-28 9:24:59 AM  
This was intentionally done by AOL to prevent their users from getting a higher education. If they ever get educated they might actually figure out that AOL sucks and cancel their accounts...
2001-12-28 9:27:17 AM  
Correspondence from Brown could be interpreted as spam, but Harvard? Is nothing sacred?
2001-12-28 9:29:13 AM  
I'm surprised that anyone using AOL actually graduated from high school to even be considered by Harvard.
2001-12-28 9:38:18 AM  
"We fight a daily battle against spam at the server level, where we filter it out," says Nicholas Graham, an AOL spokesman. "Spam is our No. 1 problem."


Help Toms River get their TechTV back!
2001-12-28 9:38:21 AM  
It's dumb on both parts. AOL is invasive and Harvard is too lazy to set up a proper site to let applicants check their status. Saying that a site would be too tempting for hax0rs is wrong from every angle.
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2001-12-28 9:49:15 AM  
Fb, true, true...
2001-12-28 10:02:44 AM  
My ex girlfriend had AOL and she was received over 50 spam messages a day. Since when does AOL filter their email?
2001-12-28 10:05:06 AM  
Once again America OFFline shows it's quality services. I can imagine blocking email from, but letting something like morem­on­ey4­U­[nospam-﹫-backwards]o­o­hay*ch*com pass through the filters.

Like it advertisements say "No wonder we'e number one"

AOL sucks!
2001-12-28 10:10:22 AM  
lol - The pic I posted above from the "Harvard computer society" got farked.
Harvard IT
2001-12-28 10:25:22 AM  
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I guess it was in their policy. EDUCATED PEOPLE DONT USE AOL In the first place.
2001-12-28 10:28:01 AM  
Are Harvard's standards so low that they admit people stupid enough to use AOL?
2001-12-28 10:32:00 AM  
The 30th email on how to increase your e.jaculate by 531% gets through, but your harvard acceptance email doesn'

Personally I think acceptance to Harvard is something worth receiving via snail mail. It is one of those things that people would like to keep for the rest of their lives. It would be nice to file away in a draw or something. Instead they have to print it up themselves or "keep as new". Rejection letters can be sent via email.
2001-12-28 10:37:25 AM  
aol sucks </cliche>
2001-12-28 10:38:15 AM  
OK... I know I'm going to get flamed but.... Did it evey occur to you that in some areas AOL is the only ISP with a local dial up prefix? I may hate them, but I'm not about to spend long distance charges for every minute I spend farking around on the web.
2001-12-28 10:42:45 AM  
If AOL is all that is available, maybe you should stick to milking the cows and stay offline. Anything's preferrable to AOL.
2001-12-28 10:45:33 AM  
I doubt you'll get flamed for that. Sure there are people, apparantly yourself included, who live someplace that lots of companies don't consider worth the investment. It sucks that that's the case (that they don't consider it worth the investment - or don't follow through on their promices to the government for all the tax breaks they got, if they're a phone company - not that you live there), and you do what you have to.
AOL has fabulous business accumen. Providing service where no one else will is probably part of that (perhaps learned from Walmart, which became hude building mega stores where no one else thought megastores could succeed).
2001-12-28 10:58:46 AM  

Check out, suckers have phone number listings for places you can't get to riding a mountain goat.

What pisses me off about aol is that 'my' address is considered a spam site.

What I like about aol is that I get more work off of people who have installed that crap on a network.
2001-12-28 11:13:14 AM  
Yes I happen to agree NSFW. If you're a dumbass AOL user, you probably won't know where or WHAT Harvard is, let alone send an application. After all, if AOL filters it, they are only filtering the rejections. :-)
2001-12-28 11:15:27 AM  
Actually, Hotmail's junk filter has the same problem, but the user has control over the level of filtering. Even on the lowest level, though, something as innocent as a an e-mail to a mailing list of friends can get put in the junk folder. E-Mail filters are dumb. Don't blame AOL, blame the programmers who make these stupid filter routines
2001-12-28 11:29:53 AM  
Unlike other schools, however, Harvard doesn't plan to set up a special Web site for applicants, one in which they could log into with a special code to find out whether they were admitted. That, admissions officers say, would be too much of a target for enterprising hackers.

Ohhh, i see.. because no one can send email with a fake reply address. go back to school,harvard!
2001-12-28 11:34:13 AM  
I blame AOL for everything. It is the root of evil. Steve Case must be disemboweled.

Thank you.
2001-12-28 11:36:54 AM  
Yer. It's pretty sound business to send tin cans and string to places that no-ones else will touch.
2001-12-28 11:45:34 AM  
yay for harvard!
2001-12-28 11:52:51 AM  
No one using AOL should get into Harvard.
2001-12-28 1:22:12 PM  
Everyone knows how bad AOL sucks, cause everyone has had AOL at some point? hmmm
2001-12-28 1:40:39 PM  
When is AOL going to stop it's spam?

Also, if this same story were to pop up tommorow about Hotmail, there would be an infinity symbol next to the comments section as every /.er would be on it saying "HA HA HA LOK WOHS STUPIT NOW HAR HAR HA HAHAAJALJFDALFDS!!11"
2001-12-28 3:07:05 PM  
Geez, i wonder what the subject heading of the Acceptance letter was?

2001-12-28 4:19:25 PM  

I have never used Assholes Online. Anyone ever notice that whenever you see a broken CD on the ground, it's ALWAYS one of those 45 Free Hour ones? One of these days, I'm walking into Future Shop (do you have that in the US?) and taking all those free AOL disks and starting a new Olympic sport.
2001-12-28 6:07:35 PM  
I only started appreciating getting those crappy AOL CDs when they started putting them in those 3w33t cases that I can shove my other CDs into. (Because for some reason, every single cd I buy cracks its case the first 24 hours of having it.)

Before then, they were used for coasters if they were *Chosen* and microwave light shows. Oh yeah, the kids liked them as chew toys...but kid drool erodes the media... : /
2001-12-28 6:49:46 PM  
Once RPGds comes out ( ) (it's an RPG maker), my first RPG will take place in modern day America. I have been planning for a major weapons to be an AOL CD launcher, with different types of ammo:

AOL 5.0 - Shoots and cuts the enemy
AOL 7.0 - Poorly made, flimsy. They fly screwy and shatter on impact, causing spread damage and massive bleeding.

Those are the two I have come up with so far.
2001-12-28 9:10:58 PM  
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2001-12-28 10:06:49 PM  
Hubris Boy: The third person on the bottom row looks just like a friend of mine. But he's not on AOL.
2001-12-29 11:03:59 AM  
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2001-12-29 9:21:39 PM  
The article failed to mention it was the Harvard School of Trucking and Culinary Arts.
2001-12-29 11:40:52 PM  
4th on bottom row is just damn scary.
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