The Movable Type forums were invaded by junkers (not a weblog, the bulletin boards where Movable Type is discussed). This was was interesting. It was the standard chain letter / Ponzi scheme, except updated for the 21st Century. The key features were:
But the best part was that it included instruction for netsearching to find target online forums in which to post the chain text!
Another interesting facet is that by using going electronic instead of sending physical letters, several benefits are achieved:
The question is, does all of this compensate for the (presumed) lower success rate without the guilt of a social connection? I note that the chain text mentions hitting 200 forums, so presumably there is some concern about this dilution.
So we see once again that everything new is old, that you can change the technology but you can’t change people.