The original English version of this letter can be found at http://www.moongate.ro/chainletters/en

Versiunea originala in romana a acestei scrisori se poate gasi la http://www.moongate.ro/chainletters/ro

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You have received this letter from a friend. S/he wants you to stop sending chain letters; s/he also wants you to read below unless you doubt his/her judgement. Also, if you delete or throw this letter away, you and your family have all the chances to be affected by whatever disease/disaster you fear the most.

And yeah, your pet as well. And if you don't read it all, seven generations after you will get it too. And all of your family, your pet and seven generations after you will have a high chance of dying some day.

Good, you're still reading. Why? It's just letters on the screen, are you that superstitious? Well, apparently most of us are, at least so it seems judging after all the chain letters we've all been receiving from our aquaintances lately. Or maybe not that superstitious, but that sensitive? Or maybe that credulous?

Two factors contribute to that, and we've been using both above, although satirically. First, you received the letter from someone you know. That's quite different from spam mail, regardless of how little you know that person, it's still someone you know, it's not just someone off the street, so you trust their character and their judgement. That makes you read past the first glance. Second, the person who sent you the e-mail has been given an incentive for sending it -- either a positive incentive ("send it to many people and good things will happen to you") or a negative incentive ("throw this letter away and you'll get smallpox"). Both kinds of reasons are well known to psychologists as strong basic motivators, and since chain letters are meant to survive as many chain links (read "people") as possible, customized motivators are out of the question, so generic stimulators such as financial promises, generic well-being, reaching other people or threats of generic diseases/disasters are the most common incentives. That's what made the person who sent you the chain letter send it in the first place, and that's what probably sometimes makes you send it further. And so on.

Please help the Internet community and stop sending chain letters based on these easily recognizable traits. If you want to read more on chain letters, their generic traits and why they should be stopped, please take a look here: http://www.moongate.ro/chainletters/en/explain.php (that page does not contain any kind of advertisement, explicit or implied, this message has not been sent for any commercial reason whatsoever).

If you find this message interesting, feel free to forward it to whomever you wish, it is not protected by any kind of copyright. Nothing bad will happen to you if you don't send it, and nothing good will happen to you it you do (although we do wish you well). Sending this message forward is your own free choice. In any case, thank you for reading it all.


This message has been doing the rounds since June 2003.