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    blue balls
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    That above was a copy and paste from the email sent from Questia Online Library.

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    huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    blue balls

    That above was a copy and paste from the email sent from Questia Online Library.
    I didn't get that one, but they send me this one last night:

    Dear Publishers-

    I apologize for our previous email titled "blue". Our account was maliciously manipulated from an unknown source.

    We are in the process of investigating the cause with CJ to make sure this never happens again.





    Maybe you was targeted!




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    They are saying someone hacked into CJ and sent affiliates emails? Sounds highly unlikely to me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    They are saying someone hacked into CJ and sent affiliates emails? Sounds highly unlikely to me...
    I don't know, but that's part of the email I got yesterday and I didn't get the other one.

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    I got both from my old CJ account.
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    Meant to add: I think what they mean by Hacked is: We let go an employee that had access to this.

    That stuff will happen.

    They were bright enough to apologize right away. I hope they remember to watch their logins and passwords in the future, when/if they lose an employee again. Could have been a lot worse
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    I think Noth is probably right.

    Many years ago I knew a programmer who said he had buried a snippet of code in a payroll routine so that if two pay periods passed where his name wasn't on the employee list, the program would do something nasty (I can't remember what.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea
    I think Noth is probably right.

    Many years ago I knew a programmer who said he had buried a snippet of code in a payroll routine so that if two pay periods passed where his name wasn't on the employee list, the program would do something nasty (I can't remember what.)
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    I knew a programmer who built in bugs to systems he developed to trigger after a certain date. If the company paid his invoice, he would go in and install a patch ... and remove the bugs. If they did not pay ... strange how quickly the money was forthcoming when the bugs struck .....

    Not nice ... but it worked ...

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    My apologies again to our publishers - Believe me when I say that we learned our lesson the hard way.

    A former employee burned us, and I take 100% of the blame for not changing our account settings in a more timely manner.

    My concern now is that future emails from Questia to our Publishers are going to be overlooked because of what happened on Tuesday. Specifically, we are revamping the program - and plan on offering higher comissions on sales and leads. My plan was to send out an email next week to announce this, but now I'm worried about backlash.

    Hopefully a few of you will open it.

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    "My concern now is that future emails from Questia to our Publishers are going to be overlooked because of what happened on Tuesday."

    Eh, I wouldn't worry about it. These little things happen sometimes.

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    I had blue balls a lot in my youth.

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    Thanks for dropping by Drew. As Trust pointed out, this stuff happens. It shouldn't, but it does

    Don't sweat it too much.
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    The last couple of months I've seen a big rise in the # of 'weird' emails from merchants.
    *blank emails
    *emails obviously intended for someone else
    *'retraction' emails
    *the SAME email send Over & Over!
    *merchants with bizarre new TOS
    *and of course the emails advertising their great new 3 week long promotion (which expire tomorrow!)

    I guess affiliate manager is a high turnover position.

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    And the idiots managing TaxCut's affiliate program (the CJ Team managing it) just sent out a newsletter with the subject of "test". I consider that lazy and poor management rather than weird, but thought it'd fit here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QDrew
    My apologies again to our publishers - Believe me when I say that we learned our lesson the hard way.

    A former employee burned us, and I take 100% of the blame for not changing our account settings in a more timely manner.

    My concern now is that future emails from Questia to our Publishers are going to be overlooked because of what happened on Tuesday. Specifically, we are revamping the program - and plan on offering higher comissions on sales and leads. My plan was to send out an email next week to announce this, but now I'm worried about backlash.

    Hopefully a few of you will open it.

    Drew
    This is more funny then anything else... humour is also an important part of life. "blue balls" is a pretty funny american expression. I love those direct, no-metaphoric english expressions.

    I wish the full email was posted to expose the comic abilities of this ex-employee.

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    That was it, the full email was blue balls. That was the title and that was the message content.

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    The offense I took was how close to home it hit... >.>
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    You should cut employee access BEFORE they find out they're being let go, or while they're in your office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    That was it, the full email was blue balls. That was the title and that was the message content.
    Hum, so not that talented or original.

    Joe's has a good point, if you can't cut access before "the let go", at least have a process "cheat sheet" that you can follow in minutes right after the event. This might also include changing the locks to which they had access keys, many office buildings provide that service for real cheap.

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    lol thats funny

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    This is obviously a desperate cry for help on the part of this ex-employee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noth
    The offense I took was how close to home it hit... >.>


    I think the email was quite creative considering what could nave been sent...



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    That guy was an amateur - http://images.google.com/images?sour...=1&sa=N&tab=wi

    So many possibilities. He could have included a pic or something. Put some effort into it. But then maybe again it's all in the simplicity of it.

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