[Catalog-sig] The "Softpedia" spam

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri May 7 23:52:04 CEST 2010

On 5/7/2010 3:31 AM, Tarek Ziadé wrote:

> A spam is an unsolicited email you receive from someone you don't know,
> that tries to sell or promote a service or a product to make money.
> Softpedia qualifies in this definition.

I suspect that they would claim that the purpose of the email is only to 
afford you the opportunity to correct the info. I have no idea if they 
really would make a change. In any case, by your definition, the 
unsolicited email would not be spam if the *site* did not have ads. 
Would you then not mind them?

>> If one uploads often, I see how the 'curtesy' letter could be annoying.
> Yes that what happens to me. But well I am just going to drop it, it
> seems that I am
> alone thinking this should be prevented, and that Softpedia is a spammer :)

I think they are on the border, perhaps cleverly so, perhaps too 
cleverly. You could respond and say the writeup is ok, but that you 
frequently upload revisions and detest getting a notification each time 
they grab one and would they please put you on a list of authors not to 
email again.

Terry Jan Reedy

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