Spammy Practices from Email Marketers

I can’t remember if I’ve posted on this before, but I’ve got a particular pet peeve that turned into a sore spot that has turned into an open nerve ending that leads directly to the pain center in my brain. It has taken several years to develop this – yes, you read that right, and all the pain has all come from primarily two organizations. 

What am I talking about? I’m talking about the absolute utter inability – or refusal – to unsubscribe me from their list. To be fair, I’ve not exactly suffered undue pain because of this, but over the years as I’ve become more annoyed with each of these groups, I’ve tried with successively more effort to get myself off their lists. Thus, each time I see a fresh email from them it just rubs the nerve a little more. 

So who are these miscreants? I don’t mind naming names:

The spammers are Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society and Bravenet.com. 

For one thing, it truly baffles me how I got on the VIBCS list – I’m not East Indian nor do I have any particular interest in participating in their local culture. Yet, sometime during 2002 or 2003 I somehow managed to get on their list. I’ve tried unsubscribing, I’ve tried replying with unsubscribe in the subject line, I’ve tried sending personal emails to every address I could find mentioned, I’ve tried going through their webpage, and I’ve tried threatening them with reporting to CANSPAM and whatever other organizations I could find that are concerned about email spam. Unfortunately, so far I haven’t been able to find any kind of actual method of recourse. 

So far as I can tell, if they don’t want to unsubscribe me, there doesn’t seem to be much that I can do about it. 

The other spam master is Bravenet.com. I think it was during 2001 or 2002 that I signed up for a free account there. Might have been earlier. One of those free webpage dealios. Well I quickly grew disinterested in using them, but for 8 years I’ve continued to receive their emails. I’ve tried logging into my account and disabling updates, I’ve tried unsubscribing, the whole story all over again, but they DO NOT LISTEN!

Now, as someone who actively engages in email marketing, I’d like to be treated with a little more respect, because I surely treat my customers with respect. If they want off, they’re gone! No questions asked! I know that people from time to time get ticked off and blog about things, and I don’t particularly care to be the recipient of negative publicity. However, groups like the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (spam) and Bravenet.com (spam) have earned their right to negative blog posts. And yes, I’m hoping to get this post ranked for their names associated with email spam. 

Hopefully people read this and it makes some small contribution to keeping the net a cleaner, more responsible place. 

And then again, maybe there was something in my coffee this morning…

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