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#1 RealtimeSlave   Members   -  Reputation: 106

Posted 27 May 2014 - 11:14 AM

Hello,

second time I got this mail:
 

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Nearly all links in the mail point to http://cts.vresp.com/u?*******************

 

Is it spam/phishing or your official newsletter?

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Edited by RealtimeSlave, 27 May 2014 - 11:15 AM.


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#2 SerialKicked   Members   -  Reputation: 576

Posted 27 May 2014 - 11:41 AM

I received the exact same email and I am not registered to the newsletter.

 

So I suspect this is indeed spam given the sender: GameDev.net@mail.vresp.com

 

#3 RealtimeSlave   Members   -  Reputation: 106

Posted 27 May 2014 - 01:17 PM

I am also not registered to any newsletter.

So they probably hacked the gamedev.net database which contains the user mail addresses because this is the only spam/phishing I received in the last 3 months...

#4 ProtectedMode   Members   -  Reputation: 1258

Posted 27 May 2014 - 02:40 PM

I didn't receive any spam...



#5 Bacterius   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 9090

Posted 27 May 2014 - 07:21 PM

Guys, vresp.com (VerticalResponse) is a service that sends automated emails based on mailing lists, which GDNet presumably uses to distribute the GDNet newsletter. Just because an URL is abbreviated and contains some h3x characters doesn't mean it's automatically malware out to get you smile.png

 

Anyway, yes, there is an official GDNet newsletter, and yes, it doesn't seem to be set up right, since people appear to be receiving it even when they are not subscribed, and it's not obvious whether one is actually subscribed or not (I think there were a couple bug reports a while ago, not sure). But to unsubscribe, simply click the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom on the email, and you shouldn't receive it anymore. I suppose you can resubscribe by clicking the "join now" link on the homepage should you want to.


The slowsort algorithm is a perfect illustration of the multiply and surrender paradigm, which is perhaps the single most important paradigm in the development of reluctant algorithms. The basic multiply and surrender strategy consists in replacing the problem at hand by two or more subproblems, each slightly simpler than the original, and continue multiplying subproblems and subsubproblems recursively in this fashion as long as possible. At some point the subproblems will all become so simple that their solution can no longer be postponed, and we will have to surrender. Experience shows that, in most cases, by the time this point is reached the total work will be substantially higher than what could have been wasted by a more direct approach.

 

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#6 Michael Tanczos   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 5437

Posted 27 May 2014 - 07:56 PM

That is the newsletter we send out.   It contains a summary view of the newest articles and forum posts.   Believe it or not staying on as a subscriber is a free way to help support the site as we can rent out a small text portion of the newsletter to advertisers.   I know a lot of people like to use adblock and such, which I totally get but we have to continually find different ways to help keep the site going.

 

We use VerticalResponse.com as our newsletter host and they insert all those links into our emails before they get sent out.

 

Anywho, if you choose to stay a subscriber you'd be helping us out a ton.   Thanks for the support either way.


Edited by Michael Tanczos, 27 May 2014 - 07:58 PM.


#7 SerialKicked   Members   -  Reputation: 576

Posted 28 May 2014 - 12:09 AM

@bacterius: It's was kinda hard not to be suspicious when the "abbreviation" is longer than the actual name, that a quick google about vresp.com wasn't exactly reassuring and that you have never asked for the said newsletter in the first place . . .

 

 

I know a lot of people like to use adblock and such, which I totally get but we have to continually find different ways to help keep the site going.

 

So you basically admit that you sent it without opt-in authorization. That's cute... Sure way to gain my support.



#8 Michael Tanczos   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 5437

Posted 28 May 2014 - 05:44 AM

@bacterius: It's was kinda hard not to be suspicious when the "abbreviation" is longer than the actual name, that a quick google about vresp.com wasn't exactly reassuring and that you have never asked for the said newsletter in the first place . . .

 

 

I know a lot of people like to use adblock and such, which I totally get but we have to continually find different ways to help keep the site going.

 

So you basically admit that you sent it without opt-in authorization. That's cute... Sure way to gain my support.

 

We send emails to Gamedev.net members on Tuesdays/Thursdays (though we hadn't sent any emails for about a month prior to last week I believe).   You can also opt-in separately without a Gamedev.net account on the front page and you can also unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of any email you get and never get it again.

 

I apologize for any headaches we've caused you.   In Gmail you should only see the newsletter in your Updates tab.



#9 dejaime   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4053

Posted 16 July 2014 - 12:16 PM

So you basically admit that you sent it without opt-in authorization. That's cute... Sure way to gain my support.

I never opted in. I never received any newsletter.
 
@edit -
Tried to sign up to the newsletter in the home page (which by the way looks like it has nothing to do with the GD.net account) and they even send an e-mail confirmation in order to complete the sign up.

Edited by dejaime, 16 July 2014 - 12:20 PM.





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