On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 6:12 PM, norvandell <BIG_BOOTE@hotmail. com> wrote:
> Granted there is some people who are coming along and spamming, but
> is it really that bad, that you can't click on the email and report
> it as junk, or even a phishing scam?.
Certainly I agree that deleting the spam isn't a problem. That gets
rid of it from your mailbox. However, the spam continues to exist on
the group archives. When new people come to the group page, I don't
really mind if they see a low activity record, because as you pointed
out, during the "slow" period, there isn't that much to discuss.
But if new people that are interested in checking out the con come to
the page and see nothing but spam and a ridiculous signal-to-noise
ratio, it's discouraging to newcomers. It could lead them to believe
that the con is no longer the vibrant, fun con that we all know it is.
And with all the conventions fighting to entice newcomers, that's not
a risk we should be taking lightly.
Yes, there's only a few to ten people complaining - because they're
the few to ten people that are active in the group and keeping
discussions going. I don't think we want to label people that are
active as "complainers" nor discourage them from participating and
expressing their opinions about the group and what's going on with it.
I'm very much a lurker to the group - last year was my very first time
attending the con, and I only signed up just before the con itself.
But because of this, I'm very aware of how important this group can be
to newcomers and I want to be as supportive as possible to people
trying to keep interest in the group going and support the con however
I can. I'm still *excited* about the con - so if there's a problem, I
want it fixed and I want to help.
The spammers are welcome to follow us, but they'll be shut down asap
and their access removed as fast as they can join. I've already
appointed an additional moderator to the group, and would gladly do so
for additional mods if they're needed. Likewise, I'm sure the same
precaution will be taken if the group is moved to different Yahoo
group (or even elsewhere).
Hope that explains why some of us are "causing waves."