There Is Nothing So Clueless As Truth(out)

Poor, poor Truthout. They’ve run into some technical difficulties. It seems that some of the biggest e-mail providers have been blocking their e-mails. They’re crying censorship, saying that they suspect some sort of political bias is behind their being treated like spammers.

I have another theory: they’re being treated like spammers because they are spammers.

I’ve always found the best definition of “spam” to be “unsolicited e-mail.” And that’s precisely what Truthout does.

For some time now, I’ve been receiving Truthout’s “news” letter every day. I never asked for it, never wanted it, and wouldn’t miss it if it (or, for that matter, they) were to go away.

They insist that I either subscribed to it and forgot about it (fat chance there), or someone else signed me up. Either way, it’s not their fault that I’m on their list, and it’s my responsibility to get myself off that list.

Here’s the story, Truthout, in a nutshell: you run an unverified e-mail list. You allow yourself to be used for list-bombing by not requiring “subscribers” to confirm their interest before you start sending out your daily tripe. And it’s been no skin off your nose, as more “subscribers” means better numbers to brag about. The only losers are those people who never wanted to be “subscribers,” and have to follow your little rules to get taken off a list they never wanted to be on in the first place.

I suspect that more than a few of your unwilling subscribers complained to their internet providers about your practices, and they decided that they simply didn’t want to deal with you. So they put up blocks.

It’s not about ideology, it’s about you being irresponsible assholes. Clean up your act, or live with the logical consequences.

Jay Tea
Unwilling “member” since January 2007

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