March 09, 2005

Bay Area Spam Network

I'm a member of the Bay Area Startup Network (even though I'm based 450 miles south of the Bay Area) which puts on some great events for startup companies looking for financing. I've met some great VCs this way, and every meeting I've gone to has been worthwhile.

BASN has a mailing list which I'm a member of. This mailing list has had some problems lately, and it's driving the BASN members mad.

Seems the configuration settings for the server that runs the list are broken, or the server is broken, or something. Each time an outbound mailing list message bounces because of out-of-the-office notices from one of the BASN members, the bounced message then gets sent to each BASN member. People then respond to the list saying "stop sending me these emails" and these too get sent to the whole list. Someone then follows up with a "yeah, enough already" and that too gets sent to the list. The echo chamber is getting so bad people are threatening litigation:

  • Fix your friggin' e-mail system, I only have limited room for e-mails!!!!!!

  • SHUT OFF YOUR AUTO MAIL/SERVER/WHATEVER!!!! I AM BEING INUNDATED WITH YOUR STUFF AND DON'T WANT ANY OF IT.  PERIOD...!! THIS IS NUTS.....

  • Ditto! I have requested on numerous occasions to be removed from this list. If I receive one more e-mail from basn, I am going to refer this matter to a lawyer!
    -- Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

  • whatever the hell this stuff is, stop sending it!!!!!

  • take this address off your mailing list. we are getting full mailboxes from repeat e-mails. please fix this. it's been going on for a long time.

  • You still have a problem.  I do not want anymore emails from basn.  Thank you.

  • You still have a major problem. I am getting 20 autoreplys from various senders. Remove my name. You have a virus.

Methinks BASN ought to consider using a different mailing list service. The organization risks alienating its entire membership if something isn't done soon.

  Posted by brian at March 9, 2005 03:24 PM

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