End User spam

I wish there was a global unsubscribe button

It’s that time on a Friday afternoon when a young man’s mind strays off the subject of work and onto lighter matters.  Spring has arrived. Benevolent lovely spring that prises open daffodils and encourages birds to raise their bright eyed heads to the sky in full voice. Girls smile and bring gladness to the heart.

In my email inbox a message arrives.

Dear Trefor,

I am following up on my email from last week that you might have missed first time around. I wanted to invite you to come along to our ‘Kofax Customer Connect Event’, with keynote speaker Derek Miers, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research on WEDNESDAY 18TH & THURSDAY 19TH APRIL 2012 at Westminster, London, UK.

Attend this event to learn how your organization can benefit from Capture Enabled BPM initiatives and take part in our interactive and lively speed workshops, where you drive the agenda.

If you don’t want to miss out, but can’t get the budget for travel approved Register for our Capture Enabled BPM Launch event as an online participant and guarantee your place on this first of a kind event.

Kind Regards,


Dear Jenny

Where on earth do you guys get your mailing lists from. I almost certainly did not reply to your email from last week for a number of reasons.

  1. It was unsolicited and one of many similar mails I get every day that I by and large treat as spam and ignore.
  2. I have never heard of Kofax
  3. I have no idea what Capture Enabled BPM is (though I do now because in the interest of scientific research I have scrolled far enough down the email trail – and it is of absolutely no interest)

All the best


PS I wish there was a list of databases that have my email address on it so that I could systematically unsubscribe from them all instead of having to do it individually. I’ve stopped leaving my business card at exhibitions because of all the unwanted mail it seems to generate.

Note I’ve left the original links from the email in in case any blog reader wants to go –  looks like there’s a free dinner – I bet Kofax is a generous company. There is no info at all on timings other than the date – it’s at your own risk:)

Right back to birds, gladness and, oh, my presentation preparation for our customer event. Have a good weekend 🙂


Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

4 replies on “I wish there was a global unsubscribe button”

good post!
I get loads of them from companies wanting to help you access funds for rural initiatives. They usually want to charge you between three hundred and a thousand pounds to attend. Fancy names and talking heads for ‘digital inclusion’ and such. blah blah. As if a community project staffed by volunteers could travel hundreds of miles to a conference and spare the time let alone the money to listen to funding agencies bragging about statistics. They can’t help you get any funding either, as they need it to run their agencies and conferences. Sort of adds insult to injury. At least your invite sounds like you get a free lunch. Though me old gran allus used ter say ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch lass’.
have a good weekend…

Am I the only one that’s agreed on Tref’s behalf to attend (by clicking the link) ?
“Thank you for agreeing to participate in KOFAX Connect…”

Oh noes I’ve registered Tref for the BPM launch event as well!

Might be worth removing the link tags… 😉

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