Have The Anti Spam Groups Lost Touch With Reality?

Written by John Colanzi

Every time I thinkrepparttar anti spam hysteria has gone as far as they can to make marketer's lives miserable, they prove me wrong and pushrepparttar 132819 envelope even further.

The sad part of this problem is there are so many marketers that sympathize with them. One well know marketer has even gone so far as to compare myself, and other marketers who feel this situation has gotten out of hand, torepparttar 132820 X-Files.

I really have to laugh atrepparttar 132821 pot callingrepparttar 132822 kettle black.

Here are two incidents from one day that will show how absurd this situation has become.

I received an email from one of my subscribers complaining they were unable to remove themselves from my list. I emailed them and let them know I would contact my list provider and do my best to haverepparttar 132823 situation corrected as quickly as humanly possible.

I also asked them to please let me know if they received future mailings so I could find out why support hadn't correctedrepparttar 132824 problem.

What was their response?

I received an email two days later. You are still sending me emails and if it keeps up I'll have to report you as a spammer.

Amazing! How understanding, how charitable.

Imaginerepparttar 132825 rush it must give someone to be able to hold a sword over my head. Imagine their feeling of power.

Well I'm sorry to disappoint everyone, but I wouldn't care if they held a gun to my head,repparttar 132826 situation was beyond my control and their efforts would be better served making their business grow.

Tired of Bogus Spam Complaints? United We Stand ....

Written by June Campbell

If you are distributing material to an opt-in email list, you need to know about a fledgling, grassroots organization called e-Crucible. The organization is committed to "opposing by any ethical, political, and legal means availablerepparttar vigilante activities of "anti-Spam" fanatics andrepparttar 132817 unfair and unjust handling of 'Spam' complaints by certain Internet Service Providers."

According torepparttar 132818 Executive Director, John Botscharow, e-Crucibles is inrepparttar 132819 process of acquiring non-profit status so it can exist as a legal entity.

But first, a little background.

As an online publisher, you already know what I mean by bogus spam reports. Either in error or with mischievous intent, a subscriber decides your ezine is spam. Quicker than you can say, "Hey, you subscribed!", s/he sends hostile, rude and often abusive emails to every web site or email address listed in your ezine. In some cases,repparttar 132820 complainant includes a worm or virus withrepparttar 132821 email for added impact. Or maybe s/he reports you to SpamCop, CAUSE or a similar vigilante group.

The bad stuff hitsrepparttar 132822 fan. You're deemed guilty and there is no wayto prove your innocence. Without contacting you, SpamCop emails your ISP, your web host, your advertisers and evenrepparttar 132823 writers whose articles you have published. At best, you spendrepparttar 132824 next few days explaining and pleading your innocence torepparttar 132825 people involved. At worst, your website host and your ISP shut you down. Your business is interrupted until you can make other arrangements. If you live in an area ofrepparttar 132826 world where you have only one ISP available, this can meanrepparttar 132827 end of your Internet business.

This story is but one example of many. Frank Garon is a webmaster who publishes an opt-in ezine with a subscriber base of 12,000 (http://www.InternetCashPlanet.com). His ezine contains clear unsubscribe instructions. Sometime in April, 2001, a subscriber allegedly sentrepparttar 132828 entire ezine to SpamCop withrepparttar 132829 instructions to "shut down this American *&%^ spammer."

Garon reported that SpamCop contacted every email address and web host address contained inrepparttar 132830 ezine. One victim was a writer whose article had been published inrepparttar 132831 'zine. She hadrepparttar 132832 usual resource box atrepparttar 132833 end of her article, including a link to her site. The writer's email account was shut down, and at last report, her web site was in jeopardy. Remember that this writer did not send a single email. Common sense dictates that she could not possibly have been guilty of spam.

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