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RE: [newintown-57] The Trouble with Spammers...

From: user 8.
Sent on: Thursday, September 3, 2009 9:49 AM
Hi Berenice,

Good work, looks like this guy is trying to make money out of meet-ups which
is not the point. I have had emails from him too and it can be confusing as
there is an atmosphere of trust re communications from group organisers.

Thanks for looking into the protocols,

Katherine Hubbard
Youth Counsellor
Anglicare Victoria
Ph: (03)[masked]
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-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, 2 September[masked]:20­ PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [newintown-57] The Trouble with Spammers...

Although I've never had dealings with Greg Shephard, it sounds like he's
making meetup members uncomfortable and I'd hate to see people leave because
of that.  

Has anyone reported this to yet? If this is an ongoing issue I
strongly recommend that you do.  I've just looked at their TOS and Section
5.3 is particularly relevant (see below).


5.3 Grounds for Removal, Sanction and/or Suspension. Notwithstanding any
other provision of this Agreement, the following types of actions are cause
for immediate removal, repeal and/or suspension or termination of your

(a) The use of our Platform to (including, without limitation, eligibility

    * (i) harm or intimidate another person in any way, including
restricting or inhibiting any other user from using our Platform;
    * (ii) impersonate any person or entity (including Meetup, Meetup staff
and other members), or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your
affiliation with any person, through the use of similar email addresses,
nicknames, or creation of false account(s) or any other method or device;
    * (iii) disguise the origin of any Public Information that is
transmitted to any third party;
    * (iv) "stalk" or otherwise harass another;
    * (v) advertise merchandise, auctions, services or commercial websites,
including offers to trade or charitable solicitations unrelated to the topic
or spirit of the Meetup Group;
    * (vi) resell Public Information or access to Public Information;
    * or (vii) collect or store personal data about other users;

(b) Posting any Public Information or other material:

    * (i) that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing,
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under contractual or fiduciary relationships;
    * (iv) that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or
other proprietary rights of any party or rights of publicity or privacy;
    * (v) that is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional
materials, or any other form of solicitation (including, but not limited to,
"spam," "junk mail," and "chain letters");
    * (vi) that is inappropriate, posted in bad faith, or contrary to the
spirit of any Meetup Group; or
    * (vii) that uses the Platform primarily as a lead generator or listing
service for another website;

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