Preface: this is the translation of a post written on April 2, 2010, to explain to all italian Internet users, with a real-life example, of the complete uselessness of copying or forwarding protest email about whatever argument to politicians or any organization.

Now that the Italian Regional Election are over, and all political parties are free again to… work for the best interest of the country and announce new initiatives, I have re-started to receive in my mailbox tenths of invitations to mail-bombing, that is proposal to flood the mailbox of some party or Parliament Member with petitions and other messages whose text is already available to cut, paste and send in the email itself or on some website.

Don’t do it, not in that way at least, whatever the argument is! It isn’t just useless in general: it can and often is just plainly counterproductive! Here’s why.