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Stop Bugging Me
Jan 20, 2007, 11:20a - Democracy

Taking a brief break from the philosophical and moving on to the practical, here's a list of websites you can use to get people to stop bugging you:
  1. Reduce physical junk mail with the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service. Takes effect within 3 months and last 5 years.
  2. Reduce credit card offers with the credit agencies' opt-out tool. Takes effect after 5 days and lasts 5 years.
  3. Stop commercial phone calls by using the federal government's National Do Not Call Registry. Takes effect after 31 days and lasts 5 years. Also includes an online complaint form if you are called after registering. Does not block charities, political organizations, or telephone surveyors, only people trying to sell you stuff with which you don't have an existing business relationship.
  4. Block web ads using the Adblock plug-in for Firefox. Must be used with Filterset G. I've been using this for the past year, and it's the #1 reason why I love Firefox. The web is finally as it should be.
I just signed up for the Mail Preference Service and the credit card opt-out, so hopefully I'll be seeing less crap in my mail and won't need to resort to guerilla tactics :)

Much of this is from a great New York Times article I read today.

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