Are You A Spammer? Find Out With This Quiz

Are you a casual user of email, a regular chatter, or an outright spammer?

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Take the quiz below to find out.

1. WHAT DO YOU USE EMAIL FOR MAINLY?

A. Staying in touch with friends and family
B. Keeping in contact with business contacts
C. Marketing your business
D. Making dollar$

2. HAVE YOU EVER SENT THE SAME EMAIL TO MORE THAN ONE PERSON?

A. Of course not
B. Maybe once or twice
C. Yes, a few times
D. Always, it’s so much quicker than personalising emails

3. HAVE YOU EVER SENT THE SAME EMAIL TO SOMEONE MORE THAN ONCE?

A. Why would I do that?
B. Yes, occasionally
C. A few times for sure
D. Definitely, that way I know they will read it

4. HOW MANY EMAIL ADDRESSES DO YOU HAVE?

A. Just one, why would I need more?
B. I have one from my ISP and a hotmail address too
C. I’ve signed up for every free email service I can find
D. 50 or more, just in case people start blocking them

5. HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU TYPICALLY EMAIL?

A. I only email my family
B. 10 people or so, friends and family
C. 50+ people, including ‘virtual friends’ I made online
D. 1,000+ most of which I bought from someone else’s mailing list

6. HAVE YOU EVER USED A FAKE EMAIL ADDRESS?

A. No
B. Occasionally, just for laughs
C. Sometimes, for reasons of privacy
D. Always – I don’t want angry people spamming me with abuse

7. DO YOU USE CAPSLOCK WHEN WRITING TITLES?

A. Never, that’s considered rude
B. I’ve done it accidentally a few times
C. Sometimes, to make a point
D. ALWAYS – OTHERWISE THEY WON’T READ IT!

8. DO YOU GIVE YOUR EMAILS PRIORITY STATUSES?

A. What is a priority status?
B. I never change the status
C. High – all my messages are important
D. HIGHEST, OTHERWISE THEY WON’T READ IT!

9. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN NO-ONE VISITS YOUR WEBSITE?

A. Try and write better content
B. Advertise on other sites which receive good traffic
C. Submit everything to Digg and StumbleUpon in the hope that it brings traffic
D. Send an email to everyone in the hope someone stops by

10. WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON SPAMMING?

A. It’s bloody annoying
B. I hate spammers and return their emails with abuse added on for good measure
C. Email is a great way to advertise
D. What do you mean spamming? It’s proactive marketing!

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HOW DID YOU SCORE?

Which answer did you choose most often?

Mostly ‘A’s
Either through choice, or fear of technology, you make little use of email, opting to keep in touch with just a handful of friends and family. Those people that you do email appreciate the personal nature of your messages.

Mostly ‘B’s
You use email to keep in contact with those closest to you, both at home and in your professional life. Sometimes you find it quicker to Cc the same message to everyone but then that’s what that function is for, right?

Mostly ‘C’s
You offer a product via your website and you’re sure everyone wants it. Where’s the harm in using email to alert people to it’s existence? After all, marketing is the essence of business, isn’t it?

Mostly ‘D’s
You have a product. You’ve spent a lot of money on it but found that no-one wants it. The answer? SPAM EVERYONE!! Better yet, hire a dodgy company and/or kids to do it for you because you have so many people you’d like to bombard with your junk product and don’t have time to do it yourself!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. lol,, i am the worlds worse at checking email,,send me one an you may get a answer in a few weeks, maybe, it could be a month.
    I just dont use email that often anymore.
    Thank goodness all my friends know about how bad i am about checking emails.

    • At last, we find an area where we differ!!

      I had to connect up a third monitor so that I could have my email client open ALL of the time!!!

      Mind you, most of what I receive isn’t worth reading :-(

      • Too right too – I think you should put that in writing and present it to your employer today! 😀

      • i use to use email a lot but i just got tired of all the spam that came in,, Yahoo is bad about that, GMail is better at keeping spam out but still some gets thru their spam filters, i dont think Yahoo has any filters unless its to filter spam to you.

  2. Digging your own site – is that scamming, self-promotion or just a little manipulation?

    Whilst i would never pay for Diggs, or spam strangers, it can be useful to ask people to simply roll their eyes over your content sometimes.

  3. I am not a spammer, but the temptation of being a scammer by using the social networking sites is very high. I`ve read some articles about what can be done with Digg. Digg works on the principle that Internet surfers find a newsworthy piece of information, “digg it” and then the rest of the community can digg it some more or bury it.
    This is manipulated by webmasters and SEOs “digging” their own sites to get the ball rolling and then, by these same webmasters encouraging friends to further digg it, offering fellow webmasters reciprocal diggs to do the same or simply by offering others cash to add their diggs to the equation.

  4. Absolutely not. They should pay me full wages to work on my own projects 😉

  5. That’s not good is it – having to work when at work! 😀

  6. I mean work and personal email. I enjoy email from friends and family and email related to my site but my personal email includes a lot of newsletters, things my ex wants me to do, lawyer stuff, and volunteer requests from school and childcare.

    Work email is obviously annoying because they want me to work.

  7. Do you mean work as in your day job, or work related to your own site?

  8. I would be a terrible spammer – I don’t really like email. Sometimes there’s a fun one but it’s mostly just work to slog through.

  9. Hey, I like to be punctual with my replies, but even I need to do things like work and sleep sometimes!!!

  10. Mostly A’s and B’s
    Question #3 the only person I have mailed twice to is you because I am so used to ur quick replies when u don’t, I think you have not got the mail or something(?)!

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