Be respectful on listserves

On January 20, 2008, in Rants, by

Just a FYI as well.

While the OOFs on listserves are fun and always entertaining… I always wonder exactly how do people that sign up for listserves and then have a challenge response spam filter expect to get these messages.

Sorry, today I’m not in the mood to click on the ‘allow’ button.  Folks, you choose to subscribe to the listserve, I’m really not sending messages to you, per se, so please be considerate of your fellow list members and set up your subscriptions appropriately.  There is nothing more annoying that OOFs, challenge responses and read receipts to listserves.  Be respectful and set up your rules accordingly.

P.S.  I get approximate 600 to 800 messages A DAY into this email account that I deem my “community” email address.  486 spam messages a week would be a good week.


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One Response to Be respectful on listserves

  1. sandi says:

    Only 486 per week? I get that per day with some of my email addresses.

    I refuse to answer those challenge emails whenever they are sent to me via listserv.

    The only time I will acknowledge them is if *I* made the first approach, and my approach is not via a mailing list of any type.

    Sandi &c.