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Don't lie and don't embellish the truth

Originally I wanted to just ignore this, but since they've resorted to bombing me with e-mails, I thought I'd mention this shortly:

I advertised Moose 3.5 with Versiontracker and MacUpdate, knowing that they have other associated web sites the also give those ads to. One of these sites apparently checks out publishers' web sites and adds any apps they find there to their database. They apparently seem to perform a virus check on the download files and then give you a 100% Clean Award, and send you an e-mail message about each of your apps that reads something like the following:


Your product "TrackStorer 0.2" has been tested by the BLEEP labs and found to be completely clean of adware/spyware components.

We are impressed with the quality of your product and encourage you to keep this high standards in the future.

To assure our visitors that "TrackStorer 0.2" is clean, we have granted it with the "100% CLEAN" BLEEP award. Moreover, to let your users know about this certification, you may display this award on your website, on software boxes or inside your product.

More information about your product's certification and the award is available on this page: BLEEP

Your product review page is located at:

Please feel free to link to us using the URL above.
If you choose to link to the award page for your product, you may use the award graphic or a text link such as: "100% CLEAN award granted by BLEEP"

Don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

The BLEEP Team
The funny part is that I received the same message not just about my released and final apps, but also about TrackStorer 0.2 and TADS Workbench 0.4 - programs which I know are buggy or unfinished and which are thus pre-releases. I wonder what quality they are impressed with... Basic rule in advertising: If you are e-mailing someone about their product, assume that they know more about it than you and don't bullshit them. And if you do, then at least apply some brain to the solution. 0.x version numbers are clearly pre-release, after all.

And even if I forget for a moment that this is the cheapest attempt at getting Google link-love I've come across in a while (save for those cheap "love your site, wanna link-exchange with my sex site?"-spams), couldn't they have at least fixed their silly system to not send me five copies of each of these messages???? That's 35 trash messages in a few hours!

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