Okay, this is just an annoyance, and I'm throwing it out there just because.
Probably two years ago, I signed up with the Star Tribune in Lileks' home city so I could read his tri-weekly column online. The login information they sent me never worked, and I gave up, because I wasn't willing to waste my time dealing with the Trib (in another city, no less).
Since then, I have received an average of three spam messages a week from the Star Tribune. I too could get coupons to use at the Mall of America; I too could subscribe to the Minneapolis Sunday paper (it only costs your left big toe and a small piece of your soul - not including shipping); I too could get advance notice of the state fair. Never mind the fact that I live in Seattle, have no interest in the Mall of America other than their rather amazing Lego store, and am rather fond of my soul.
Like all born suckers, I tried to "unsubscribe" - this is where they walk you through a long and incredibly involved process in which you have to try to use the login information that never worked in the first place in order to ask them to remove an email address they shouldn't be using anyway.
And I still get their emails. Grrr.
(You'll notice I am not including a link to the Trib's website - trust me, this is for your own protection...you could get sucked in!)