ImageWe're beyond delighted that so many of you weighed in on the subject of what we should call unsolicited mass e-mail from family and friends. To reiterate, this digital-era nuisance differs from spam in that the sender is known to the recipient and can therefore claim (however erroneously) to be offering something interesting, amusing or helpful.

Reader and FOEE Cybele Parsignault asked us to coin a moniker for said e-irritants, you may recall, and after proffering "fruitcake," we solicited ideas from our readership. Your suggestions were all marvelous, and — curiously enough — all carried on the theme of foodstuffs (except that of EE pal Chris Wolfe, "spamily," which arrived too late to be added to the slate of nominees.) In our previous issue we asked you to vote among five alternatives; now we present the results of that poll.
RESULTS OF THE FIRST-EVER EE POLL
What should we call unwelcome mass e-mail from people we know?

Fruitcake: 25%
Jam: 25%
Velveeta: 20%
Cheez Whiz: 15%
Fluffernutter: 10%
There you have it: a tie. So it's time for a tie-breaker. Let's vote again, like we did last summer. Would you liken this unwanted in-box clutter to a generic, unbidden holiday confection or to some kind of redundant preserve that "jams" up your e-flow? Vote early (but not often):

THE FIRST-EVER
EE POLL RUNOFF

What should we call unwelcome mass e-mail
from people we know?
Fruitcake
Jam