Spamming the ADS - L Mailing List

Fri Feb 11 00:43:32 UTC 2005

        Someone, presumably as a malicious joke, signed Billy Thomas on to about 300 email lists.  Billy then started writing the email lists to ask for removal.

        David Blanco saw Billy's post to ADS-L, asking for removal, and thought it was a personal email to him.  He replied that his company purchases lists for one-time-use only and that Billy was not on any of their current lists.  In other words, David was confused.

        I don't speak for the Society, obviously, but there is no reason to believe that it sells members' email addresses, especially since anyone who wants to can use the Review command to get the email addresses.  The Review command predates the widespread use of spam.  Perhaps it's time for our listowners to change the list's properties and keep private the addresses of non-posting members.  I can't think of any good reason for that information to be freely available anyway.

John Baker

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
Of Educational CyberPlayGround
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 7:17 PM
Subject: Spamming the ADS - L Mailing List

Excuse me, but I don't follow this.

Does American Dialect Society sell their members email addresses?

Do they sell addresses to a company called LIFELINKNET.COM?


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please clarify & thanks,


At 11:40 AM 2/9/2005, you wrote:
>---------------------- Information from the mail header
>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       David Blanco <sales at LIFELINKNET.COM>
>Subject:      Re: Mail list
>We purchase list for a "one time mailing" and are allowed to maintain the
>name only if the customer responds to our solicitation.  You are not on any
>current list of ours.
>David Blanco
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Billy Thomas" <billyeo2003 at SBCGLOBAL.NET>
>Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 2:58 PM
>Subject: Mail list
>Someone subscribed me to your list and about 300 others.Please take me off
>of your mail list.

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