hist-brewing: (Attn list coordinator) Re: possible misuse of list

Carl Betlan cdbetlan at ucdavis.edu
Fri Mar 19 09:09:03 PST 1999


On Thu, 18 Mar 1999 Growltgger at aol.com wrote:

	I concur emphatically.

	-CB


> Greetings, one and all.
> 
> Although an old-time SCAdian, I am fairly new to this particular mailing list.
> Forgive me; what I have to say is off-topic, and I do not want to sound
> ungracious.  But I do want to express my concern about a distressing problem I
> just noticed TONIGHT.   I have reason to believe someone might be abusing this
> mailing list:  "lurking" on it, and using it as a medium to "harvest" names
> for various junk email lists.
> 
> Let me explain.  This screen name and AOL account of mine, are less than
> THREE DAYS OLD.   I have emailed no one using Growltgger at aol.com.  I have
> given the name out to no one, save the majordomo of the SCA Minstrel's list,
> and the Brewing list.   This discretion was exercised, with the intention of
> keeping the online porn merchants and scam artists from getting ahold of my
> good name, and cramming my mailbox with junk---as they have, with past
> accounts.   Still today, inexplicably, Growltgger at aol.com received its first
> junk email.  I WAS FURIOUS.
> 
> Now, I do realize there are also a number of ways in which screennames can be
> "harvested", especially on AOL;  one is by scanning Member Services for
> profiles, another is by scanning people in chatrooms.  I can assure you, I
> have taken steps against even these.  I have no AOL profile, and I have never
> entered an AOL chatroom under Growltgger.   That narrows down the culprit to
> someone on either of these lists.
> 
> Please, please, PLEASE....if you are the one doing so, cease and desist
> immediately.  Junk email, or Spam, is a boorish and INFURIATING blight on the
> bandwidth of the Web.  And stealing someone's name to exploit it commercially
> goes agains everything the Society stands for.  For dignity and honor...please
> knock it the heck off!!!
> 
> We now return to the topic as scheduled.  :)
> 
> Your servant,
> 
> >^..^<  Genevieve de la Tygresse Blanche
> 
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