Re: [dcrug] DoD reportedly set to buy 650,000 iOS devices to replace legacy products

From: Keith B.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:45 PM
I got this message on several different discussion groups.  Strangely, they were all (purportedly) from different people. I'm not sure I believe this -- they may be pseudonyms.  In addition, the commercial non-community style of the messages seems especially inappropriate (revolting?) to me; in particular, the subject line that gives no clue as to the marketing nature of the message.

I've seen discussions on lots of groups about the appropriateness of job postings on lists, most recently on Singapore's Ruby group list.  Most of the people who weighed in said they didn't mind as long as there was something like "[jobs]" in the subject line.  Perhaps this would also be a good approach for marketing services such as this training -- a tag like "[marketing]".  I personally wouldn't mind marketing messages whose subject lines disclosed their nature, as long as the subject matter were relevant to the group, and especially if it were community members offering the services.

There is an overlap between the Ruby and iOS developer populations, so I don't think the subject matter is entirely out of line.

Of course, posters of messages like these would probably not comply with such a suggestion, so we'd wind up banning them just like we're doing now.

- Keith

On Mar 27, 2013, at 3:43 PM, Jim Gay <[address removed]> wrote:

I went to ban this poster, but it looks like Dave or Josh may have beat me to it.

Posting messages about relevant events is fine, spamming the list is not. 
I consider this spam because it wasn't directed at our group. It was clearly pasted in and the same message was probably sent to other groups as well.

Had the original poster just made a personal message to the group, we'd all have the ability to reply, ask questions, etc.
If you are planning to promote something, don't take this list for granted. Write a message that is relevant to all of us and make it personal.


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Jim Gay
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