George Saines hits on a problem that annoys me to no end when it comes to getting off stupid mailing lists and pseudo-spam from legit companies. As he puts it in the title of his blog post, I Want To Unsubscribe, Not “Manage My Preferences”,
But increasingly, I see emails sent from large, respectable companies  that provide me with no unsubscribe link. Instead there is an insidious trend towards “Managing Preferences,” which invariably requires a log in, a brief search to find the unsubscribe option, and a form submit. And after all that am I unsubscribed? Apparently not because I keep getting messages. The companies assure that I’m off XY email list while seemingly putting me on ZQW list simultaneously. Perhaps most irritating of all, I am spending an increasing amount of time browsing and checking email from my phone, and elaborate unsubscribe workflows thwart my ability to quickly opt out.
Something else I really hate and get more of is political spam from affiliates of the two major parties in the United States.
For example, last year all I wanted to do was donate a couple hundred dollars to support gay marriage in California. Apparently doing that was an invitation for every fucking Democratic PAC and Steering Committee in the United States to add me to their mailing lists. Thanks, guys — really makes me want to not donate next time around.