Re: Junk e-mail

Subject: Re: Junk e-mail
From: Bill Hartzer <XBJH%mimi -at- MAGIC -dot- ITG -dot- TI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 1996 08:37:38 -0500

Kat Nagel said:

"Yeah. Every few months there is a rash of these. As near as I can
tell, the perpetrators slurp up addresses from mailing lists and
newsgroup posting, then bombard their victims with junk..."

Unfortunately, it's not only 'every few months' anymore. If you post
messages in newsgroups, you're bound to get junk e-mail everyday.
Luckily, though, whoever is sending these messages has a GREAT knack for
coming up with very descriptive subject headings for their e-mail like
"Quit Your Job" and "Make $1000 an hour" and other "Free" offers (unlike
some of us techwr-l'ers; it seems that there's this continuing complaint
of people not using descriptive subject headings...indicating the word
"job" or "JOB: Anywhere, USA"). This makes it easier to weed out the
mail you don't want to read; you can just delete it.

Until there's some law passed that says that you cannot send unsolicited
e-mail (I know there's a lot of 'em in the works, though), if you do
business on the Internet you'll continue to get junk e-mail. It's a
fact of life.

I'd like to request one thing of techwr-l'ers: when you post messages,
please keep in mind that some of us don't have a lot of time in the day
to read every single e-mail we receive, especially if we're not getting
it in digest form. Please use descriptive subject headings...the more
descriptive the better! (A good example would be: RE: SGML TO WORD
CONVERSION. Those of us who aren't interested in this topic can just
pass it by.)

Bill Hartzer Bill Hartzer
Contract Technical Writer President
Texas Instruments, Inc. Highfield Marketing Group, Inc.
Dallas, TX USA Irving, TX USA
xbjh -at- msg -dot- ti -dot- com Highfield -at- aol -dot- com
(214) 575 - 2041 (214) 432 - 0124
(214) 798 - 2976 voice pager (214) 432 - 0152 fax
"Highfield Marketing Group, Inc. is the proud maker of the CD-ROM
TalentBank(tm), an electronically searchable resume database full of
quality professionals in the computer, high-tech, and technical writing
industries. Never a fee for applicants. Employers and recruiters
can search thousands of resumes electronically on their desktops while
applicants can reach thousands of employers with their resume. Last
month we distributed over 20,000 resumes and are growing by 2,000 per
This _IS_ the opinion of Highfield Marketing Group, Inc.; I run the

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