As you probably
know, CWIRE has a strict policy
against SPAM (the sending of unsolicited email messages).
SPAM is easy and
cheap, but it is ultimately destructive. It annoys people, it wastes
people's time, it chews-up bandwidth and storage space, and worst of
all, it is often used deceptively to trick people into
parting with their money.
despite the public outcry against SPAM, there are still those who use
and promote SPAM. They argue that there is nothing wrong with it.
There are still many "list brokers" out there who will sell
you lists of email addresses and lead you to believe that SPAM is perfectly
OK. Don't believe them!
a sucker born every minute.
-- P.T. Barnum
there are still many businesses which do not fully understand SPAM.
They do not realize why it is so harmful and so annoying to most Internet
users. Yet there are millions more people getting onto the Internet
new Internet users ("newbies") are being preyed-upon by
list brokers and advocates of SPAM.
Spammers don't always
realize what they are doing. So don't just assume that all spammers are evil. Many businesses who send SPAM are simply
the unwitting victims of unscrupulous list brokers. They have been told
that there is absolutely nothing illegal or immoral about sending SPAM, and that
it will be good for their business.
Some nonprofit organizations
even send SPAM, reasoning that "after all, it's for a good cause."
It may be true that
many people read SPAM and actually respond to it. But that doesn't mean
that it is OK to send SPAM. Just because some people buy it and promote
it does not mean that it should be condoned.
It is the social
and moral obligation of all netizens (Internet users) to protect Internet
"newbies" -- to inform would-be spammers of the destructive
consequences of SPAM.
With millions of
new people getting onto the Internet every day, there is still a lot
of public education to do.
The following businesses
have sent SPAM to CWIRE and have not responded to our polite requests
(and stern demands) to stop, and our invitation to use other methods
-- legitimate and free methods -- to promote their business. We encourage
you -- if you know these people -- to tell them why SPAM is not good
for their reputation in the local community. While SPAM may help them
make money quickly in the short term, it will not lead to long term
business and goodwill. We will remove any listing
immediately upon request. We invite these businesses to renounced SPAM,
and tell about their SPAM "war stories" in an article for
CWIRE. We will offer them free
promotion/listings on CWIRE just as we do for all local companies.
(Identified only as firstname.lastname@example.org)
This company is
collecting display advertising from local businesses and posting it
onto their website. They do not post any identification on their website,
and they have repeatedly refused to identify themselves in their email
messages. What does that tell you? (13 messages sent to 8 different
email addresses between Nov. '99 and May 2000)
which asked for money to be sent to this address:
7013 Foothill Blvd
Tujunga Ca, 91042
was notified on 11/27/2000 of a "spammer" in our town.
CWIRE received the same SPAM message on 11/20/2000. There was no
identification in the message, and the reply-to address at hotmail.com
either never existed or was deleted. Our attempt to contact the
sender and request removal from their spam-list was, of course,