New as of May 4th, 1997! A guide on how to get my money. Updated as recently as February 10th of 1998.
People seem to have reached the conclusion that it is reasonable and appropriate to send hundreds of thousands of emails, or post news to thousands of groups, to advertise their products.
There are many arguments offered by the advertisers to explain their actions, and attempt to justify them. These arguments are all flawed. I will gladly refute any such argument. A partial list is enclosed:
The Usenet Advertiser Blacklist is a beginning.
Support this list! Make a point of calling people who junk mail you, and letting them know that you are not doing business with them, because they bother you. Especially do this if you would otherwise buy the product.
Also, we now have the RBL, which is a way to stop trading network traffic with spammers; even more direct than just not buying their product, don't give them free network services.
You can do a lot to cut down on junk mail. Make sure to complain to the postmaster of the site the mail comes from. If it's AOL or Netcom, consider "abuse@[site]". If it's a service that does mailings, write them and let them know you'll charge for your time for any further messages. If you get one, take them to small claims court. You'll probably win. Hand the judgement over to a collection agency and forget about it.
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