> The use of the words "intended recipient" are also extremely problematic;
> by definition, if it is addressed to me, I can be construed as being the
> "intended recipient." If I then turn around and forward it to you, you
> are now also an "intended recipient." Nice, eh.
They're trying to make their mistaken use of "reply all" our problem rather
than theirs. Or selecting the wrong 'J. Smith' from their contacts list.
Or any number of other dumb-ass moves we've all seen. Unfortunately, there's
no good a priori way for the recipient to know that the sender has committed
a major faux pax, except by actually reading the content.
People send me all kinds of stuff I've absolutely no interest in all the
time. I have no idea how I'd tell the difference between "sender was too
lazy/dumb to figure out I would have no interest but sent it anyways" and
"sender mistakenly sent it to me."
Of particular interest - what happens if they've botched their intended
recipient, and as a result the mail bounced into my Postmaster mailbox?
At that point, I'm pretty obviously *not* the intended recipient, and the
sending individual better be ready to pay for the service they've actually
requested in their boilerplate. I mean, I'd hate to incur costs complying
with their wishes and then have to sue them to recover said costs...
Yes, that's a problem too. Perhaps this simply needs to happen.