REACH 5 MILLION INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS AT HIGH COST
John.Allen at placebio.lu.se
Mon Sep 25 08:14:38 EST 1995
Dear colleagues of the Photosynthesis Network,
The message which we are intended to believe originates from a Mr Jeff Sla=
is, by the application of its own advice, without value:
- the address is not his address;
- the telephone number is not his telephone number;
- the name is not his name.
The object is to persuade us that we can buy a service. The service is=20
commercial advertising, via newsgroups that run largely on public money an=
What the original sender actually wants is US$ 450 from each of us.
I understand that even by mailing this reponse I am contributing to the pr=
of unsolicited electronic mail, but perhaps someone will have some advice:
- Is there any way in which the Photosynthesis Network, and others like it=
be cleaned up so that there is at least a reasonable chance that the messa=
are relevant to our field, and sent with goodwill? A threshold of messages=
exploiters who merely who want our money and have already stolen our time =
energy has probably already been reached for many people, and they will re=
by unsubscribing, which will decrease the value of the Network for all of =
The question of what is advertised (we seem to be doing quite nicely for f=
and prostitution at the moment) is quite separate.
Incidentally, it is not even in Mr Slaton's interests for us all to unsubs=
When Newsgroups are read only by people interested in junk mail, his custo=
markets will have disappeared. We should lose no sleep on his behalf: he m=
by then have sold his services to a few fools, and undoubtedly will have t=
of other ways to exploit the goodwill of others.
But we will be left without an international electronic network of like-mi=
individuals. This would be a loss.
Yours without hypocrisy.
John Allen (his real name)
(TIme and facilities supported in good faith by non-profit organisations, =
Lund University and Swedish Research Councils. The writer alone takes=20
responsibility for their use in this way).
Futher accurate information:
John F. Allen
Department of Plant Cell Biology
S-220 07 LUND
Tel: +46 46 2224987 or 2227788 (direct)
FAX: +46 46 2223684 or 2224009 (direct)
Email: john.allen at placebio.lu.se
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