It has been understood by most here since WISPA was created that we will
send ads from time to time from our Vendor Members to anyone who
subscribes to WISPA list servers. It is part of the reason why Vendors
join the organization and definitely why they pay us $1000 per year to
be members. Dave Smith brought it to my attention that we were not
adequately telling folks that fact on our list server signup page for
the firstname.lastname@example.org list and that our method of distributing ads
could be perceived as spam if not corrected. I have added the following
text to he email@example.com list information page to remedy this
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*** NOTE ***
If you subscribe to this or any other WISPA list server you understand
and accept that you will be sent WISPA Board approved ads occasionally
by the Vendor Members of WISPA. This is a requirement of membership in
this and other WISPA lists. You can filter ads by denying the address
"firstname.lastname@example.org" from sending email to your address.
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If anyone here was not aware of this and does not want to receive ads
then feel free to unsubscribe and we will not send you ads. For anyone
who is subscribed to WISPA list resources you will see these ads coming
from "email@example.com" now and in the future.
We send ads through this "firstname.lastname@example.org" list server only. We
do this to stop people from receiving several copies of the same ad on
several different lists of which they are members. Basically we glean
address from our own lists and remove all duplicates. The resulting
addresses become the one-time members of the email@example.com
list and are sent only one copy of a WISPA approved ad. Once the ad is
sent we remove all members from that list and the process is repeated
the next time an ad is to be run. This insures that people who
unsubscribe are not sent ads in future mailings.
I hope all of this makes sense. It may sound a little bit complicated
but we are really just trying to make sure our members do not get
over-loaded with duplicate ads and that our paid Vendor Members have a
means of advertising and selling their products and services to our
membership. We hope that this system shows a definitive difference for
you between what some may perceive as spam and what we are doing which
is legitimate sponsored advertising for our members.
As always we welcome feedback on this process.
WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org