The short version of the story seems to be that Rubin inherited the task from another outfit, and that the list Rubin received was bogus. Remove requests had not been honored, and neither was everyone on the list "opt-in".
After a few exchanges of email with some folks at Rubin, I finally believe that this matter has been solved.
For reasons of historical interest, I'm leaving the original rant below.
HELP STOP ABUSE OF THE INTERNET: Join me in my refusal to do business with SIGS Publications, Inc. Let SIGS know that you will not attend any of their conferences or read any of their magazines, including
We must not support those who support wanton abuse of the Internet, unethical cost-shifting, and other self-serving activity that hurts the Internet and its users.
I want to know precisely what part of "stop spamming me" SIGS doesn't understand. It is not as though they have no way of knowing what I think of spammers. I have, after all, complained rather loudly about each one that I have received. I have even tried to follow their instructions on how to be removed from their list, to no avail.
I complained when SIGS spammed me from
complained even via snail mail to the chairman of the
board when SIGS spammed me from
and with the spam from
wwa.com, I got bent out of
shape. Not only do they continue to spam, but they do so from
changing domain names, such that I cannot even effectively block
their spam at my mail gateway.
In addition to my complaints to the actual senders, the places where the responses are supposed to go, and the US Federal Trade Commission, I have now also complained to the Better Business Bureau.
Resent-Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 07:34:49 -0400 (EDT) Resent-Message-ID: <"n0YAqD.A.RzF.haC01"@kani.wwa.com> Resent-From: firstname.lastname@example.org Resent-Sender: email@example.com From: "SIGS Publications, Inc." <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: HOW DO YOU BECOME A MORE EFFICIENT JAVA PROGRAMMER? Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 06:10:23 -0500 (CDT) + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + This message is brought to you as a valued Java developer by SIGS Publications, Inc. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Dear Developer, Are you tackling complex software development projects and in need of quick, efficient and innovative solutions? Does your next Java script have what it takes to flow smoothly? Java Report has the Java and Java script solutions 25,000 developers are relying on every month. As a Java programmer, you're eligible for a trial six-month subscription to Java Report magazine for only $22, or sign up for one year at the low rate of $39 and save $20 off the cover price. Email your order to: custserv@internetMCI.com or call 1.800.361.1279 We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Micki LaPorte PS: Canadian and Mexico order add $25, all other countries add $49. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + You have indicated that you wish to receive information about relevant products and services. To stop receiving such messages, reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with UNLIST SIGS in the subject line. Thank you. List management and distribution by Rubin Response Services, Inc. 1111 Plaza Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173 - (847) 619-9800 x122. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Richard P. Friedman
Founder, President and CEO
SIGS Publications, Inc.
71 West 23rd Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10010}
Dear Mr. Friedman:
I've been a reader of various SIGS publications for a while now. I have read with some frequency The X Journal (now Unix Developer), The Java Report, OBJECT, and probably others that I don't even know are SIGS publications.
If the attached message did not originate from SIGS, please accept my apologies for troubling you with this letter.
The problem of Internet abuse is a great one indeed. As a long-time Internet user, I am vehemently opposed to the abuse of our valuable shared resource. As a matter of practice, I steadfastly refuse to do business with those who abuse the Internet.
Seeing SIGS, a relatively well-known publisher and industry event coordinator, sink to this level of clueless and shameless self-promotion at the expense of others is outright maddening. This is a ridiculous and disgusting gesture from a company that should know better. Unless I can be successfully convinced that this message is in error, or SIGS is willing to publicly make amends and contribute toward anti-``spam'' efforts, I will add SIGS to my ever-growing list of companies with whom I refuse to do business. Any subscriptions I have will be canceled, I will not purchase any more of your magazines at the newsstand, and I will not attend any conferences organized or sponsored by SIGS.
It is my hope that the attached message is somehow a forgery, but there seems to be no indication that this is the case.
C Matthew Curtin
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