NO, “TEAM VONNEGUT” HAS NOT GONE INTO THE PORN BUSINESS
Well this is awkward…
On Friday night, we sent out our latest update about our weekend clearance sale, offering discounts on several rewards, including selected pieces of Vonnegut’s original artwork, and Larry David Broadway tickets.
About a half-hour later, we got an email from one of our backers, saying that one of the links on the page led to some very offensive pornographic images. With our heart racing, we checked out all our links. Every link connected to the proper pages. Then we double-checked and triple-checked. We figured the email was a hoax, and wrote back to the sender saying we thought her alarming message wasn’t very funny. With that, we went to bed.
Much to our horror, we woke up Saturday morning to a handful of similar emails confirming that we indeed had bad links leading to a graphic porn site, yet we still couldn’t replicate the error on our computers. We were then informed that the problem was somehow an issue only on mobile devices, so we got out our iPhones, clicked on the link and… Whoa… hello!
To make matters worse, there was no way to edit the page, remove the links, or recall or delete the update. With four different people working frantically all morning, someone finally diagnosed the problem as some malicious code stemming from the company that hosts our vonnegutdoc.com website. By mid-day on Saturday, we were told the problem had been remedied, and we could finally exhale.
Needless to say, we extend our deepest apologies to anyone who came across this material, though thankfully, most everyone kept a sense of humor about it, recognizing that we had obviously been hacked. Of the emails we received, our favorite came from a backer who was obviously familiar with Breakfast of Champions. He wrote: “The Vonnegut Mall site is infected, loaded with porn pop ups -- which would have been a bit less upsetting if there was at least something by Kilgore Trout amidst the skin. But alas, there was not.” (Good one, Ben.)
Due to Saturday’s rather unsettling disruption, we will extend our weekend clearance sale into Monday. So the reduced prices will hold for one extra day. That said, there are only limited supplies of the Vonnegut artwork and only two pairs remaining of the Larry David Broadway tickets, so you’d best get on it.
With only minor trepidation, we provide this link to Saturday’s original post. From there you can link to the display of Vonnegut artwork, of which selected pieces have been significantly reduced for the final days of our campaign. And if you see any images unsuitable for family viewing, then heaven help us, we give up.
Remember, we are closing up shop on Tuesday, 12 noon(PDT), 3:00PM (EDT) and 8:00PM (GMT).
And for any cynics out there who might conclude that we purposely planted the porn links to bring more attention to our funding efforts, let us assure you, we are not that dumb, and we are not that smart.
The “Unstuck Team
(The answer to yesterday's Vonnegut trivia question is: Phoebe Hurty.)