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Chain Letters in General

Use these forums to express your frustration with, or thoughts on different types of chains and the people who insist on sending them.

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  • News & Trends
    I'll keep you updated on chain letters in the news and the latest trends in person-to-person junk e-mail.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:21 pm
  • Armchair Activism
    Armchair Activism chain letters encourage you to "sign" a petition or participate in a boycott with the hollow promise that the sheer numbers of online denizens will be enough to influence social, political or economic policy with very little effort on an individual level.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:42 am
  • Halfwit Humor
    Halfwit Humor chain letters prove that, at least online, sometimes no joke is too obvious. These are pieces of not-so-obvious humor that either we want to be true, or were so unfunny that we couldn't tell they were in jest.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:03 pm
  • Picture Imperfect
    A picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words. Apparently, however, in the world of e-mail, 1,000 words aren't enough. These chains prove you can't always trust your eyes.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:07 pm
  • Political Ponderings
    Polititians have long been the targets of intense scruitiny and harsh criticism. Now, thanks to e-mail, muckraking is no longer the exclusive arena of those in the know.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:13 pm
  • Real, But...
    Sometimes, on very rare occasions, an e-mail chain letter can contain absolutely true and accurate information... at least when they first hit the 'net.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:46 am
  • Rent-An-Opinion
    Lots of people on the Internet do have strong opinions on a variety of topics, from politics, to religion, to what to have for dinner. And, thanks to the magic of e-mail, all you have to take a stance on an issue is to forward someone else's thoughts.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:57 am
  • Sick & Missing Kids
    Few things tug at the heartstrings quite like stories of a child in need or, worse, in jeopardy. It is in our nature to protect the young. These chains come in two flavors: sick child chains and missing child alerts.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:06 am
  • Something for Nothing
    These Chain letters offer cash, prizes, merchandise or trips in exchange for forwarding the e-mail on to everyone you know or participating in a clever scheme.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:30 pm
  • Spam & Scams
    It seems the Internet is rife with those who want to separate you from your money, your credit cards, your identity or worse. But, perhaps more common than the spams and the scams themsleves are the chain letters warning about them.
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    Last post by Fast Freddie View the latest post
    on Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:44 am
  • To Your Health
    These chains offer marginally believable tales about threats to your well-being and generalize them into warnings that "this could happen to you or someone you love."
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    Last post by robert@fm View the latest post
    on Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:56 am
  • Virus Warnings
    These hoaxes prey on users who have little knowledge about technology and how it works. They describe terrible consequences that are not really possible, cite official-sounding sources and urge you to warn everyone you know.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:27 am
  • The Grab Bag
    Some chain letters simply defy categorization. These include friendship chains, heart-wrenching parables, copied news reports, baseless scam warnings and other drivel.
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    Last post by chainbreaker View the latest post
    on Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:29 am

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