Final Call for Papers: ICONIP'02-SEAL'02-FSK'02

joe at joe at
Sat May 25 11:40:15 EST 2002

In article <200205220200.MAA10369 at>,
 <hepu at> wrote:
>   [Apologies if you receive this announcement more than once.]
>    9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing 
>                         (ICONIP'02)
>    4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning 
>                          (SEAL'02)
>   International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery 
>                          (FSKD'02)

Sorry to be off-topic, but they asked for it.  Today I got email, similar
to ones that I have gotten multiple times.  It started out:

> [Apologies if you receive this more than once]
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>       ICDM '02: The 2002 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining
>             Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Is there some connection?  Are all these Fuzzy, Neural, and Data Mining
people part of a conspiracy?  They seem to be widely spamming everyone
with their meeting notices.  And they give no mechanism for getting off
their mailing list.  (Normally I would never respond to a spammer's
removal address, but these are actual scientific societies.  However they
don't even give a removal address!)

One theory I have is that they are all publicizing their meetings through
one crass and insensistive company which is doing the spamming.

I wish they would stop, at least with the email distribution (modest numbers
of newsgroup postings would be OK).  Perhaps hepu at
could enlighten us, if that is a real person and not a robot.

Joe Felsenstein         joe at
 Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington,
 Box 357730, Seattle, WA 98195-7730 USA

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