Donald Loughlin wrote:
> ......but legimitate announcements for items or
> services _relivent_ to a list should not be attacked automatically.
> Netiquite requires that local custom be observed in this matter, but
> all to often, no guidence is offered. Subscribers could be given some
> idea if they could post *short* announcements to the list without
> offending everyone.
> Maybee I am being a little naive to think that a community as
> large and diverse as the net, could excersize enough *self* control
> so as to not cause all commercial mail to be branded SPAM.
I don't have a problem with commercial use of mailing lists per se, but I
do have a problem with unauthorised use of ANY list for ANY purpose which
is not contained in the charter for that list or for its accepted purpose
where a charter does not exist. If a business wishes to use a commercial
mailing list they expect to pay a fair price for each and every name on
that list. Why would anyone who is using an e-mail list for commercial
purposes expect any different rules to apply? Just because they can do it?
This makes it right? They have a 'right' to misuse somebody else's property
for their own purposes? And make no mistake about it, a subscription list
If you want to post to a list for a purpose other than that the list exists
for, then contact the list owner and ask permission. If permission is withheld
then accept the decision and try something else. Don't spew first and try and
be polite after the fact.
James B. Byrne mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Harte & Lyne Limited http://www.harte-lyne.ca
Hamilton, Ontario 905-561-1241