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Don't Cold Email This Person, or They'll Put You on 'The List'

Someone built a website to list all of the people that cold emailed them

80% of buyers prefer to be contacted through email. But not this one.

This person set up an entire website to showcase a list of anyone who’s ever sent them a cold email.

They take the time to update the site with the contact information of every new cold emailer that shows up in their inbox.

On one hand, I think this is a huge waste of time and incredibly stupid. But on the other hand… I applaud the level of pettiness this kind of thing takes.

The website is simple and starts out with:

If you are listed here, you sent unsolicited spam.

Since you like to send spam, I’m assuming you want to receive it as well. Enjoy.

I picture a corporate worker punching the keys of their keyboard with a sly smirk across their face, while they quietly whisper, ‘This will show them….’

It then goes on to define exactly what an ‘Unsolicited Commercial Email’ actually is.

What is Spam or UCE (Unsolicited Commercial Email)?

Spam or unsolicited commercial email (UCE) is promotional email sent to a mailbox recipient that has not opted-in or given permission to the sender.

While this may be the definition they found somewhere, their use of ‘promotional‘ is where things get tricky.

What exactly does promotional mean?
What classifies an email as promotional? 
If you reach out to someone because you think you can help them, is it considered promotional?

We need answers here. But anywho…

The rest of the website goes on to list what I estimate to be 100’s of email signatures that include the email senders’ full name, email address, and the company they work for.

By the looks of how many email addresses are on there, they must keep it updated daily.

We originally came across this website from an Instagram post that showed the response a sales rep got when they emailed this person.

The email response is filled with little nuggets of gold throughout.

A few of my favorites include ‘Congrats’ and ‘You can meet other spammers there as well’.

Now, I haven’t been able to find who the person behind this website is, but if I had to guess, they’re probably a ton of fun at parties and full of great conversations.