Re: [NTO] Beta Test Invite from Ramon Silvera?
- Larry Hamilton wrote:
> He is a long time user of NoteTab and probably sent it to theI was afraid of that, unfortunately that's called harvesting and
> active posters on the various lists.
sending his invite to those harvested email addresses is called spam.
While I think what he's doing, developing stuff for NoteTab, is great,
it would be much better if he didn't spam people, much better to ask
for volunteers on the lists (with the permission of the listowner of
course) or ask for volunteers at his website. Then people would be
opting in for something they asked for and he could easily pick and
choose from the volunteers whichever ones he wanted for his beta test.
My action of posting to a mailing list isn't an open invitation for
anyone to grab my email address and send me unsolicited bulk email
(aka spam), regardless of how much it may relate to the mailing list.
Harvesting email addresses from lists and/or spamming them is also a
violation of the Yahoo TOS and Guidelines.
Thanks much for the info, I've emailed Ramon and I'll discuss it with
him further privately.
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- Brandon Long, eGroups.com
- Hi Alice and Others,
>> He is a long time user of NoteTab and probably sent it to thePerhaps I'm wrong, but don't you think "harvesting" and "spam" is
>> active posters on the various lists.
>I was afraid of that, unfortunately that's called harvesting and
>sending his invite to those harvested email addresses is called
a bit to harsh/strong for what he did? **I'm not trying to start
a fight, put anybody down,** or stick up for RS, but to me,
harvesting is gathering a lot of eMail addresses and even more so
Perhaps I've been on the lists for too long, but I have grown to
know you all as friends and if I were invited to test something
SPAM and/or harvesting wouldn't have entered my mind. I would
almost feel a bit hurt if I did not get the invite, which I
didn't this time. Well, not really, but perhaps borderline. <g>
I don't know, but I think it would be an honour to get selected
for private beta testing. In the past I've let RS make a short
post to a few of the lists for announcements of CW and he is
still welcome to do that. And, you are probably right in that he
should have asked me to make a post, but he probably did not want
the "whole world" in on it. His program is listed in NoteTab's
Help under Third Party Products, FWIW.
In fact, I guess I am guilty of the same thing. There has been a
lot of times that Eric and I have invited (in private eMail,
sometimes through a yahoogroups invite or regular private mail)
6-12 or so list members to help to do private beta testing before
we would go to public. I did it just the other day too.
I've always considered the lists to be public domain since they
are open to anybody, except for minimal SPAM precautions. I hate
SPAM as much as the next guy/gal I suppose, but in the past year
I tried pretty hard to not get all bent out of shape about it
like I use to and to just realize there is not much I can do
about it. Life's been much nicer now as far a eMail/spam goes.
I use to report them all the time, and would just get angrier.
Now, I get in the neighborhood 500+ spam messages a week.
Well, got to get some rest. I hope you took this as just chit-chat
and not to argue with you Alice; just my two cents worth. :)
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- Hi Jody and Others,
My initial intention was to start with a quiet, private beta testing, before involving everybody in a public beta.
I selected and emailed ten people. Therefore, you or others who might also think I should have invited them, should not feel like you were left aside. I simply couldn't include every one in the first stage. In fact, too many were left out that I would have liked to count with.
Since I wanted the beta process to be objective and free of any bias due to my personal preferences, I decided that four of those ten people should be *new faces*, that is, people I knew from the list but with whom I didn't have any direct acquaintance or personal inclination towards them. This idea wasn't much of a success: two of those four were expired addresses and bounced, one never replied, and another initiated the present thread on this list.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, I might as well go for a public beta, and accept your offer to announce it on the lists. That way nobody will feel excluded.
I want to add that Alice seems to be a very gentle and educated person, as transpired from our private communications. So let's move on.
Ramon C. Silvera
Author of ClipWriter
At 08:55 PM 03/20/03 -0600 you wrote:
>Hi Alice and Others,
> [...] I would
>almost feel a bit hurt if I did not get the invite, which I
>didn't this time. Well, not really, but perhaps borderline. <g>
>I don't know, but I think it would be an honour to get selected
>for private beta testing. In the past I've let RS make a short
>post to a few of the lists for announcements of CW and he is
>still welcome to do that. And, you are probably right in that he
>should have asked me to make a post, but he probably did not want
>the "whole world" in on it. His program is listed in NoteTab's
>Help under Third Party Products, FWIW.
>In fact, I guess I am guilty of the same thing. There has been a
>lot of times that Eric and I have invited (in private eMail,
>sometimes through a yahoogroups invite or regular private mail)
>6-12 or so list members to help to do private beta testing before
>we would go to public. I did it just the other day too.