July 1, 2004
Don't Block BuzzFlash.com
BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
BuzzFlash Note #2: We have been told that complaints should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email below was sent to email@example.com:
I was just informed by a representative of Time Warner that emails to me from www.buzzflash.com are being blocked because the site sent a mass mailing to their subscribers through your servers.
I was under the impression that your servers, for which I pay a hefty monthly fee to gain access, were specifically designed to facilitate the delivery of online content, emails, and other digital content to your subscribers.
I assure you I am a willing recipient of the content provided by the blocked site and I wish to receive the news that www.buzzflash.com delivers at least twice a day.
It amazes me that I can be solicited to watch barely legal girls perform unmentionable acts with the neighbor's horse, with photos attached, and I can be importuned to purchase medicines which claim to make me more manly without FDA approval, yet I cannot receive information from a legitimate news source that just happens to be critical of the current criminal administration.
While I'm sure Michael Powell does not object to your private sector censorship of my email and I know your corporate pimps will appreciate future handouts from the thieves in Washington when it comes time to steal more money from your subscribers in the form of increased charges, I would appreciate it if you would unblock the site.
While you're at it, please advise me regarding your company's CARNIVORE request compliance policies. I believe that what your company is doing facilitates this criminal administration in restricting the free flow of information to its citizens.
Please notify me regarding my request to have www.buzzflash.com unblocked from my computer.
There is an alternative to your service and I believe that my monthly fees could be spent with a company that does not try to regulate its users opinions.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
BuzzFlash Note #1: BuzzFlash and our list management company, Sparklist, comply with all known anti-spamming laws. More importantly, we don't spam. We don't need to -- our list has grown simply by word-of-mouth. Additionally, only people who want BuzzFlash Alerts can subscribe to them. We use a "double opt-in" rule for joining BuzzFlash Alerts, meaning subscribers' email addresses cannot be added without their approval. Internet service providers (like Road Runner and AOL) have a right to block legitimate spam, but they also have a duty to allow their subscribers freedom to receive any email they choose and unblock mail that was incorrectly labeled spam. If you stop receiving your BuzzFlash Alerts because of an over-aggressive spam rule or a deliberate attempt to block content unfavorable to your ISP, let us know as soon as possible and together we can bring these issues to light and, hopefully, get them resolved quickly. And don't forget to write your ISP's tech department to tell them you want BuzzFlash Alerts.
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