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In response to Grouply CEO Mark Robins’ announcement of a blog entry he called a “virtual press conference” … but did he actually INVITE THE PRESS? How can you call something a press conference without inviting the press?
Speaking of a press conference …
It may be past due time the press, especially tech trade journals, and major, popular bloggers, along with mainstream news media, got involved in reporting these Yahoo! Groups owners’ concerns about Grouply.com, because it bears significance for what has been reported here as “100+ million” Yahoo! users. That makes it a matter of considerable interest to the general public, worldwide.
And it is definitely past due time for Yahoo! to take a publicly broadcast position on the matter. Until we know exactly where Yahoo! stands on it, I feel like we’re sort of three sheets to the wind, so to speak, in trying to do anything about it.
Tricia wrote, at:
2. NO “Invite Your Group” capability. Inviting an entire list at once, even once, never mind once a month, even if the owner doesn’t really care, is spamming the list members who did NOT sign up for the list to receive Grouply unsolicited commercial emails, even if Grouply uses the fingers of their users to send them rather than co-opting the computers of the unknowing to do so. Same concept – get someone else to send your spam for you.
3. OPT IN ONLY. Not “send the list owner a message letting them know that someone on their list is using Grouply and they can opt out if they want to”. True Opt In means that Grouply doesn’t lay a virtual finger on a list until the list owner says explicitly that they want their list to be made available for Grouply.
I agree, and intend to maintain this position and present it vociferously to Yahoo! Thank you, Tricia, for persistently staying on target about the true fundamentals involved.
Spam is spam is spam, and is means is. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s mandate to enforce the CAN SPAM Act of 2003 needs to be applied to this situation, if the spam-encouraging feature of Grouply.com is not eliminated immediately.
Opt-in is necessary, by a group OWNER (not just any mod who may not be owner replying to an opt-out message sent to all the moderators via the group’s -owner address). I find no opting-out scheme to be a satisfactory substitute for OWNER-chosen opt-IN.