My new high tech spam filter

A few days ago I installed a new spam filter on my mailbox, consisting of masking tape and my childish scrawl:

spam filter

It wasn't just the amount of junk mail that I was getting (it was quite a lot) that brought me to do it. The fact was, absolutely none of the fliers that came interested me at all. I was spoiled at Summerhill, since my vivacious roommate Nikki would usually get the mail, and filter it for us. In the absence of that, I'm willing to abandon the odd subway coupon to avoid the hassle of sorting out junk mail every day.

Posted by dustin on April 3, 2006 with category tags of

The easier way to make sure you don't get junk mail is to just not get your mail for some number of months. That's what i did last summer. When i got back into town the postman himself had put a little 'no junk-mail' sticker on my box.
   comment by stretch (#87) on April 4, 2006

While your way may be slightly easier (come on - how hard is masking tape??) it lacks the crucial feature of receiving my real mail in a timely manner. Better luck next time Stretch.
   comment by dustin (#1) on April 4, 2006

A hurricane can't get through two pieces of masking tape placed diagonally across a window, so I would think that masking tape is pretty hard.

[waits for amused reaction; finds none; goes back to working]
   comment by chrisdye (#15) on April 4, 2006

Chris, I don't know what you're talking about. A hurricane can't get past a masking tape cross?

Is it forced to jump, jump over it or something?
   comment by dustin (#1) on April 5, 2006

i know exactly what you are talking about chris.

but dustin, is the tape working?
   comment by maryam on April 5, 2006

I have no idea what Chris is talking about.

Couldn't you have printed out a nice 'no junk mail' little symbol off the web and taped that up? I mean, sure yours is easier and cheaper, but there's the question of style! Do you really want to be masking tape guy to everybody in the building?
   comment by LePhil (#198) on April 5, 2006

Chris, I totally grok you.
   comment by vinny9 (#33) on April 5, 2006

I need to buy a chainsaw:
   comment by Alex (#118) on April 6, 2006

In Britain, junk mail is called 'circulars', so it can be easily avoided by installing a rectangular mail slot. And then putting a masking tape cross over it.
   comment by goodladd (#144) on April 6, 2006


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