Non-Functional Email (or Blog) System Disclaimer
Herewith, forthwith, and thereunto, all my postings and email messages, past, present, and future, shall be subject to the following disclaimer. (Some parts of this disclaimer may be familiar to you, but then, some of the best of human literature is familiar.)
Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability Notice (or Disregard):
The information, misinformation, or vacuity in this document and attachments (including viruses) is, are, were, or have been confidential and may also be legally privileged or illegally handicapped. It is intended only for the use or misuse of the named recipient, such as “To Whom It May Concern.” Internet communications are not secure (unless you consider availability part of security) and therefore does not accept legal responsibility for the contents of this message, including tar and nicotine levels. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify us immediately so that we can add you to the distribution list. Violation of this notice may be unlawful, immoral, or fattening. This email is fully disclaimed, but may still be dangerous. It is not legal, medical or engineering advice. It is not even questionable advice. (If used as legal, medical, computer security or engineering advice please pay additional moneys to the sender. LOTS of moneys.) It is under-privileged. It is made from 85.4% post harangue opinions, green ideas, and not less than 15% recycled electrons. It should be taken with a large pinch of salt (but remember, this is not medical advice). Union written. (By committee.) Shade grown concepts. Fair trade characters. Low sodium (but high silicon). 25% lower (than our regular humour). Trans-fat free. Environmentally friendly. Lite. New. Improved. Low calorie. High energy. Self-starter. High fibre optic. Reduced. Please consider the environment before printing this out, unless you are American or Chinese in which case what the heck it’s all baloney that greenhouse gas stuff. (If non-American or -Chinese, then remember that paper is a renewable resource made from trees, and that working forests not only provide habitat for wildlife, but actually help with carbon sequestration as long as you recycle the stuff and don’t burn it.) THIS DISCLAIMER IS ALL IN CAPITALS TO AVOID LOWERCASE TAXES. AND TO MAKE YOU THINK THIS BIT IS REALLY IMPORTANT. If you aren’t the person to whom this was intended, we beseech you not to hold the entire corporation liable for the dim bulb responsible. Please delete and pretend you never saw it. Thank you and have a nice day. Delete it now. NOW! If you don’t something bad will happen to you involving geese. Just imagine there is this absolutely humongous and meaningless disclaimer here about how if you aren’t the intended recipient, you shouldn’t read it, inform the sender, seek mind erasing/excess facial hair treatment, destroy this email, the computer it was on and any computers that it might have looked at funny, cut down on the caffiene, move to Nepal where they don’t have all that many computers in search of self-actualization, and so on. With the occasional really really long line full of legalese twaddle that we won’t try to reproduce here as we don’t have any stunted lawyer training to protect us from injury, malice, dismal speeling, incorrect use of epiphanies or US election rhetoric or idiocy. Just in case it might be spam, we also include a reference to a little known law from 1736 about artichokes outlawing their use in combat unless they are explicitly declared royal leafed vegetative maces weighing no more than 6,000 grains and have an unsubscribe address printed on them in the widely derided Comic Sans, with a pitch size of at least 3 point, and the views of the cracker dip expressed here is totally fallacious. This message is intended only for the use of the intended recipients, who may, in fact, be legion, given that this is an autoresponse. It may contain information that is privileged and confidential, but, given the mindless nature of the mailing, that isn’t very likely, is it? If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or someone else on the mailing list, or someone else on another mailing list that mirrors some of the traffic on this mailing list, or an employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, or a mail user agent, or a mail transfer agent authorized to handle such message, or a spam filter authorized to examine the content of such message, or a casual browser looking over the shoulder of someone who is reading this message on their screen, then the statistical odds of you seeing the message are really wild, but anyway, such reader is hereby notified that any review, retransmission, conversion to hard copy, copying, circulation, restriction, bundling into small balls of paper for the purpose of firing over at your friend three cubicles away to tell him (or, preferably, her) that it is break time, or other use of this message is strictly prohibited and may be illegal. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify us by replying to the message and deleting it from your computer, but don’t read it first to see if it was truly in error. This email is confidential and privileged. That’s right, confidential. Even though I sent it to a mailing list, it’s still confidential. Not only is *it* privileged, but so are you, you lucky user, since you’ve gotten a message from *me*! This email and any, all, or no attachments are confidential (as long as you don’t read them) and may also be privileged. (They’re an elitist bunch …) If you are not the addressee, addressor, writer, or reader, do not disclose, copy, circulate, bend, fold, make into paper cranes (not the small ones that any Japanese kid can make, the really elaborate ones that even have feathers on), mutilate or in any other way use or rely on the information contained in this email or any attachments. (Using or relying on the information contained in this email may, in any event, be hazardous to your health, particularly mental.) If received in error (the message, not you), notify the sender immediately, if not sooner, and delete this email and any, all, or viral attachments from your system. Failure to delete this email and any attachments from your system may result in … in … well, gosh, darn it, just do it, OK? If you are not the intended recipient please accept our apologies. On second thought, why are we apologizing? You’ve accepted the message. If you aren’t the intended recipient, or a person responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, or the intended recipient’s lawyer, or someone with power of attorney for the intended recipient, or a police officer with a duly authorized warrant, then you are likely someone who is far too nosy to mind their own business and stay out of other people’s email-shame on you! what are you, some kind of spy?!? Please do not disclose, copy or distribute information in this e-mail. [Sigh.] You’ve already copied it, haven’t you? You downloaded it from the server, so you copied it onto your machine. Then your mailer made another copy in memory, just to display it to you. Don’t do it anymore, alright? Don’t take any action in reliance of on its contents: to do so is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. It’s also ungrammatical: if anyone ever figures out what that previous sentence meant, please let us know. Please inform us that this message has gone astray before deleting it. What can you do? You try to bring email up right, and the next thing you know they’re hanging out on IRC and trying out NetBEUI. Thank you for your co-operation. Actually we just added that last bit to pad out the message and keep you reading for the few more seconds it will take our crack anti-cracker team (get it? Never mind.) to get to your location and terminate your machine with extreme prejudice. 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Neither the author(s) nor the publisher (if the Supreme Court so deems ISPs to be) shall have any liability whatever to any person, corporation, animal (whether feral or domesticated), mineral, vegetable, or other corporeal, incorporeal, or supracorporeal entity with respect to any loss, damage, misunderstanding, puzzlement, or death from choking with laughter (I wish) or apoplexy (more likely) at or due to, respectively, the contents; that is caused or is alleged to be caused by any party, whether directly or indirectly due to the information or lack of information that may or may not be found in this alleged work. No representation is made as to the correctness of the IP address or date of publication as our Pentium isn’t good with numbers and errors of spelling and usage are attributable solely to bugs in the spelling and grammar checker in Microsoft Word even though the author does not use it. If sold without a header, this message will be shorter than those sold with a header. Slightly higher west of the Rockies. (The elevation, dummy, not the number of characters.) You do not own this page or message, but have acquired only a revocable non-exclusive license to read the material contained herein. You may not read it aloud to any third party, regardless of any ability or inability of that third party to read it for themselves. This disclaimer is held to be valid under the laws of wherever I can best make it stick. This disclaimer is a copyrighted work of Robert M. Slade, first published in 2004, bulked up and renewed in 2011, and is distributed ‘as was’, without guarantee, warranty, or attestation as to quality of humour, trenchancy of critique, sharpness of scorn, or aptness of jape. Any similarity to any email disclaimer by any corporation or actual lawyer is purest accident. By accepting this message you are accepting the following terms: 1) This message is subject to clarification or withdrawal. ii) It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original message. fore) It implies no promise by the author/poster/forwarder to actually implement any of the wishes or information for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the author/poster/forwarder. f) It has been virus-scanned by up-to-date commercial antivirus software and therefore no absolute guarantee can be given that it is free of all malware, virus, worm, Trojan (or other prophylactic), keylogger or rootkit. By sending any email to any of MY addresses you are agreeing that 1. I am by definition, “the
intended recipient,” 2. All information in the email is mine to do with as I see fit and make such financial profit, political mileage, or good (or bad) joke as it lends itself to. In particular, I may quote it on Usenet or post it to any wall on Facebook. 3. I may take the contents as representing the views of your company. 4. This overrides any disclaimer or statement of confidentiality that may be included on your message. 5. I may charge you, at the rate of $350 (or the value of an old college beater, whichever is the greater) per hour for reading your disclaimers. DISCLAIMER is better than datclaimer, and contains privileged and confidential information in heavily steganographic form and is intended only for an individual named rather than groups of named. If you are not the named recipient (for example, if you are a numbered, or an ordinaled), you should not disseminate, distribute, store, print, copy or deliver this message. Therefore, any routers or MTAs that have passed this message along should be taken out and shot. Please notify the sender immediately by email. Of course, in order to do that you’d have to read it, and therefore any messages that the sender receives will be held and used as evidence against you before you are taken out and shot. If you have received this email by mistake, please delete this e-mail from your system. Which would mean delivering it to the bit-bucket, and is therefore illegal. Email transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure, error-free, or even sane as information and any attachments or non-attachments could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, modified, found, delayed, flushed away, incomplete, added to, or amended, arrive late or incomplete, contain viruses or be extremely silly. This message contains information. It is provided for informational purposes only. It may contain virtual information. This message may be confidential, or it may only make sense to the person(s) to whom it is addressed. It may not make sense at all. If you find minor spelling or grammatical errors in this message, please do not bother the sender. Report the problems to someone who cares. Some pedantic member of the Internet Grammar Police maybe. The sender, therefore, does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message which arise as a result of email transmission. Or for the fact that you tried to do what we actually did want you to do, and lost money as a result. Or, indeed, for anything at all. If verification is required, please request a hard-copy version. So that we can gain more evidence before you are taken out and shot. If you don’t recognize this message, please commit suicide in order to prevent improper disclosure. Please note that all incoming e-mails will be automatically scanned to eliminate unsolicited promotional emails about SPAM. This could result in deletion of a legitimate email before it is read by its intended recipient. In other words, we can ignore this as long as we want, and blame it on the spam filter. Warning: email is not 100% reliable, if you are sending time sensitive, critical information please use a read receipt request and also follow up with a phone call. Otherwise we can ignore this as long as we want, and blame it on gremlins. If you bothered to read this disclaimer, you *are* a goose. We may monitor email traffic. Purely for kicks, you understand. Our mail server admins get bored easily. No part of this message, including this, or any other, disclaimer, is to be taken to represent the knowledge, beliefs, thoughts, or opinions of the author, company, Internet access provider, or anyone else involved in the creation or transmission of this message. In fact, this message was really written in the language of a civilization originating on a planet orbiting the third star to the left (if you don’t go past it and straight on til morning), transmitted in a trinary vector encoding, from the rough vicinity of where the tail of the Horsehead Nebula would be, with the subsequent line noise detected and interpretted as ASCII characters. The fact that it appears to be in English is only a random artifact. The original message concerned the quality of lint in the Sacred Belly Button, and this disclaimer was originally line noise from the carrier dropping. It’s sad that the signal/noise ratio of the Internet is now asymptotically approaching zero because 90% of traffic is SPAM and the remaining 10% is stupid and offensive email disclaimers. It will
actually go negative as soon as spammers decide that they need long and discursive disclaimers in order to make their stuff look authentic. All clauses of this disclaimer apply to the disclaimer itself, except for this first sentence. This disclaimer is provided for informational, misinformational and metainformational purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or offer for anything whatsoever. This disclaimer may contain forward-looking statements, and probably will contain backward-looking statements, too. Beginning to read this disclaimer constitutes immediate, implicit, explicit and retroactive acceptance of all clauses past, present and future. All metainformation, HTML tags, photographs, artwork, script, text, opinions, ideas, facts or factoids contained in this email are either my own, and therefore are copyright (c)1954-2011 by the author, or duly licensed from and/or attributed to the writers, owners or copyright holders, or in good faith presumed to be in the public domain, or quotable under some sort of “fair use” clause, or frankly stolen, or the official opinion of the voices in my head. You’re free to copy, reproduce, expand, excerpt or adapt this disclaimer to your own purposes, at your own risk, as long as you assume all responsibility for doing so, particularly in terms of being called an idiot for enlarging a disclaimer that was already ridiculous in the first place. Should you agree to all provisions put forth herein, you’re implicitly agreeing with the agreement about the meaning of the words “agree”, “agreement”, “agreeing” and all variations or conjugations thereof, as well as the word “thereof.” Should you disagree with any one or several disagreements expressed thereunto, your worldline may be caught in a strange recursive loop and spontaneously self-combust. Again. All comments published in public forums are the exclusive responsibility of the respective posters and may be subject to separate copyright provisions and disclaimers (please collate and include them here); however, this poster reserves the right to edit, delete, curate or eliminate all replies on personal whim. All posters to any such forums must implicitly accept the full provisions of this disclaimer; you may assume that I will ignore any claims of ignorance, surprise or indignation. Text, tags, metatags, scripts, pings, trackbacks or links on my site may have been totally or partially generated by distributed software and/or information gathering and diffusion mechanisms of uncertain location, provenance, jurisdiction or intentions. All products, brands and company names mentioned will probably be trademarks or trade names of the respective companies and you should mentally insert the appropriate TM, c, r or whatever wherever or whenever appropriate. Failure to do so leaves you liable, not me. All rites reversed. Any links to external sites and any comments about the contents thereof should not be construed as endorsement, tolerance, approval or disapproval of such contents, even if such comments overtly purport to do so. 85.4% of all cited statistics may have been made up on the spot. In case of error, reinstall universe and reboot. Sense of humor must be provided by third parties. Caveat Browsor. 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Any actions you take based on whatever you saw, or think you saw, in this message or on any realted site are entirely your own responsibility. So there! This email is directed at reasonably mature people of any age and if you’re not among them, life will be tough. Since all of the Internet’s pages are interlinked you will sooner than later come to what you may consider an ugly, silly, stupid, obscene or otherwise offensive site. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Reading this email will not enable you to fly. No electrons, protons, neutrons, quarks or other sub-atomic particles, or agglomerations thereof, have been knowingly harmed in preparing this massage. Any use of this email, in any manner whatsoever, will increase the amount of disorder in the universe. Although no liability is implied herein, you are hereby warned that this process will ultimately lead to the heat death of the universe. All quantum fields and/or state vectors related to this email may spontaneously collapse, decohere, and/or go all higgedly-piggedly [sic] as soon as you look at them, and I can’t do anything about it. You may have some rights not detailed in this disclaimer but don’t bet on it. Although due diligence has been exerted towards ensuring that this note doesn’t make any sense, total incoherence can be approached only asymptotically and thus will never be attained. Actual size smaller than shown if you use a smaller font. Apply only to affected area. Do not use while sleeping, unconscious, or insufficiently caffeinated or oxygenated. For indoor or outdoor use only. Not suitable as a personal flotation device. All models are over 0.568 gigaseconds of age or the local equivalent. Taking this disclaimer onto an aircraft or reading it aloud in or near any federal facility may be prohibited, and, if it isn’t, it should be. Some areas may be restricted to members. 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NOTWITHSTANDING ALL PREVIOUS CLAIMS TO THE CONTRARY THIS DISCLAIMER MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION THAT IS THE CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY PROPERTY OF SOMEBODY AND SUCH INFORMATION MAY NOT BE COPIED, PUBLISHED, OR DISCLOSED TO OTHERS, OR USED FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN REVIEW BY AUTHORIZED INDIVIDUALS, WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN NOTARIZED AUTHORIZED AUTHORIZATION OF AN AUTHORIZED OFFICER OF WHOEVER-IT-IS. Always check your caps lock key before posting. Reading a disclaimer like this all the way to the end may have caused irreversible but not necessarily malign changes to your neural whatchamacallits. Your eyes are weary from staring at the CRT. You feel sleepy. Notice how restful it is to watch the cursor blink. Close your eyes. The opinions stated above are yours. You cannot imagine why you ever felt otherwise. To have the secret second part of this disclaimer transmitted to you over a telepathic tight-beam channel (at 300 baud nominal, odd parity), bury a signed non-disclosure agreement and exactly $1000 in consecutively numbered three-dollar bills in our backyard and stand by for further instructions.
This disclaimer will now be repeated in Babelfish versions of French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Latin, Japanese, Arabic, and Ebonic, and, if we can get the Dialectizer to work, Swedish Chef, !33t haXor and ValGal.
(Disclaimers should not exceed the size of the original message, per APP disclaimer dictum.)
Further information: http://www.goldmark.org/jeff/stupid-disclaimers/