On Tue, 2 Mar 2004, David Morris wrote:
Your logic breaks over the fact that you got the message because of who
you both know ... the ietf.org mailing list. It was not unsolicited mail
from a party with which you have no relationship.
But c'mon, I get plenty of mail from people I REALLY don't know and who
AREN'T on a list I'm on. So do lots of people.
So his logic is just fine.
On Tue, 2 Mar 2004, Ed Gerck wrote:
I'd suggest that in this case you _are_ reacting to who
they know. In some sense they 'know' you, because they're
reacting to something you wrote,
Who you know (even me) was not important to me. Your message's
content was the deciding factor that made me send this reply
Thus, in deciding whether I would reply to your message, indeed
it was relevant to me that you read my previous posting. However,
I did not care who you are or who you know. I wouldn't care
even if you would claim to know of me (a claim that email scams
from Nigeria often make) or someone I know (ditto).
and thus have gained entry to your circle of
Solely by what you wrote, my point exactly.
Robert G. Brown http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/
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