Coping With Spam AccusationsWritten by Laurie Rogers
Coping With Spam Accusations by Laurie Rogers Copyright July 2002
More and more publishers are consistently getting accused of spamming. Whether there is any truth to some of these accusations is yet to be seen, however in MOST instances these accusations are nothing but a complete farce! We as publishers seem to get picked on MORE so than anyone else online. I am not certain as to WHY exactly that is, but we do.
All in all what it boils down to is ABSENT minded people who go around signing up for "programs, products and services" and don't bother to pay ATTENTION to what it is that they are getting themselves into. Is this YOUR fault? NO it's not but, for some reason these people like to think that it is. Instead of them taking RESPONSIBILIY for their OWN actions, they bear grudge on to us -the publisher.
Almost EVERY single publisher I know (I know hundreds) has at one point been FALSELY accused of spamming. I have seen publishers lose their web hosts, their ISP's and their ENTIRE businesses in a blink of an eye in past 3 years. All of which took place, because some "MORON" forgot they subscribed. Today I am going to give a few tips on HOW to avoid this from happening to you, but in some instances you MUST realize it's absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to avoid.
1.) Make copies of EVERY subscription request that you receive. Get into routine of saving them to disk, every day before you close up "shop" for evening. There is currently NO system that is absolutely, 100% "fool proof", always keep that in mind. Every evening, I go directly to my listserver and copy ALL of my subscription requests and unsubscription requests. I put them into my text editor and copy it disc.
2.) As soon as someone cries "SPAM" send them a copy of their request with FULL headers in tact. And if possible tell them WHERE it was EXACTLY that they got on your list. It will save YOU a lot of hassle in dealing with them.
The Harvesters Part 2Written by Laurie Rogers
The Harvesters - Part 2 by Laurie Rogers Copyright 2001
Remember from part one, we are not talking about those folks who pick veggies out of garden in fall. This is definitely NOT an episode from Martha Stewart, although I'm curious to know how get my tomatoes to stop bruising, ooops, sorry got a little side tracked for a moment! It happens to best of us, espicially when you're weeding (pardon pun) through all that spam trying to find your "real" email messages.
You know important stuff, that really does need your FULL attention. And half time you can't find it because it's buried under all that JUNK MAIL, I know how you feel, somedays I'd like to run to highest mountain and SCREAM my head off. Maybe they'd listen, cause I sure as heck don't get a response when I'm screaming at them through computer. (You're not only one huh?)
Hopefully, someone will invent a system where you can talk to email that comes in, person sending can hear you right at that moment. That'd be awesome eh? Someone sends you some spam and you CAN tell them what is on your mind! You know, HOW you "really" appreciate their message. Although, I do NOT think we'd get much work done, cause we'd be too busy cussing them all out.
You have really got to wonder WHY they keep spamming cause *NOBODY* buys their stuff. And let's be realistic for a moment, what in world is point in sending 1 person 500 copies of SAME darn ad? I'm not one who's MORON here! I can read, I simply choose NOT to read spam. And NO matter HOW many times you send it, it's STILL not going to change my mind. (You'd really think they'd CLUE in after first 250 copies.)