On Kicking Ass of Inbox Spammers

I suspect that my silly blog is somewhat getting famous and hence I'm getting promotional spam email. Here's how I dealt with it. The funniest part is that, this spammer chick, actually replied. Although I wouldn't be surprised if it was a smart bot's doing.


Hi Tanya,
I was reading your blog today and wonder if I could get your opinion on a diet/fitness app I am working on ?


For me, I think the main problem with being healthy is motivation. It's an abstract, overwhelming goal. I think the best way to counter this is to turn it into winnable games and small victories.
So… my app makes living healthy, and fitness into a RPG game, where users earn points, and "level up' as they accomplish their health goals. Everytime they add something healthy like veggies to their diet, they earn points. Everytime they complete a workout, they earn points. As they achieve more and more, they'll level up and unlock badges, and discounts/coupons to rewards like spas, health foods, etc.
There'll be challenges, which will get harder as people level up. And it'll follow a certain structure. First will come changing your environment such as getting rid of all junk food. Then, reducing stress, as stress leads to eating comfort food.


The whole point is to turn it into a game so people will rely less on willpower, and more on fun, achievement, and changing our environment.


What's your opinion on this idea? Would you want to know when I'm done with it? If this sounds too silly, or absurd, just ignore what I just said, hehe =)


Best, Christine



Then I replied

Hi Christine!

Sure you can get my opinion! That's what I do all day long, give opinion to people. 

I think your idea is superbly amazingly awesome. I'm a little jealous inside that I didn't come up with it. But anyway, making it an RPG game is what I love the most about it. I would highly encourage you to contact Blizzard and see if they can allow you to make your RPG theme based on Diablo or something. Personally I would prefer World of Warcraft. 

And since you're going to earn a lot of money through this app (and am sure you'll do cause you're already picking out legendary bloggers like me to get the reviews on your app even though your email looks more like spam which I am certainly sure that it is not), you can probably offer Blizzard some royalties in return. 

The only issue that I see with this revolutionary idea is that all those fat people trying to get thin (especially in America), might end up spending more time on your game (sitting too long in one place without exercise would favor fatness, logically speaking) and thus it might defeat your original noble purpose.

I highly appreciate your efforts and wish you good luck in your sublime intentions. Let me know if you need more opinions and keep me posted. 

Regards, 
Tanya

Then she replied again!

Tanya,

Thanks for the thoughts, I'm glad you appreciate the idea :) This app probably won't be a RPG, in the true sense of the word. What it really is it a way to link our real world activities to positive reinforcement, and achievements in the app. They won't be controlling an avatar that explores a world.. in a sense, the avatar is them, and they will be the ones that will be leveling up.

I'll let you know when the site/app is finished, so you can check it out... I won't be done with it until later this year. I know my idea is not perfect, but creating something new that will help some people is exciting stuff! ^_^

Enjoy your week,
Christine

Seriously, people. 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Current Book: "The Call of Cthullu and Other Weird Stories" by H.P. Lovecraft (Some progress :|)
Current Music: "Chammak Challo" by Akon in Ra.one

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------People who read this post also liked :


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! this sounds really awesome..exciting stuff..thanks for promo :p

niranjn said...

lol! I guess thats who you call a genuine sp*mmer!

Tanya said...

^^Anony

What sounds awesome? :S I'm being stalked by silly spammeers :| Btw, what promo you're talking about? Your comment sounds so drunk.

@Niranjn
Genuinely genuine.

Anonymous said...

this exact same letter is being posted & emailed, over at least several months. I have no idea what it is for.

Arkantos said...

ROFL xD

Susan said...

I just received almost exactly the same email from this person 3 days ago, right after I got my blog up. lol

RAHUL MIGLANI said...

ROTFL !!

Post a Comment

The Thought Pad Headline Animator

There was an error in this gadget
There was an error in this gadget

Hottest Posts

Make your own

About Me

My photo
My little body is aweary of this great world. An Indian PhD student horsing around in Europe.

Track me by Email-Shemail

Subscribe Some Shit

Followers

Socialize?

FeedCount

There was an error in this gadget