E N Brown
said 1 year, 3 months ago:
Well thought out and nicely stated. While the intent was just as stated in my original post, I have to admit that your points are truly good ones.
I’ve been on the www since 1992 and on the internet from different business point perspectives for much longer than that. There will always be new folks who need a guiding and helping hand.
Here’s the thing tho’, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting about 100 (much more, really) new articles everyday about how to network effectively. Whether you’ve been to business mixers in real life or not, netiquette should prevail when online. I’ll bet I’ve educated thousands of folks with articles, websites, and in forums through my own experiences online.
Sometimes, if you don’t put your foot down, people do not take you seriously. Even very nice people, new people, who should be looking for the help you talk about, ignore all the rules, all the articles and all the chatter. THIS is where SPAM comes from.
I sat on the fence for many years, not because I did any email blasts, or SPAM of any kind, but because I only wanted to be helpful. To be nice, kind and do what I could to help the folks who did not know any better.
And here is the other thing — most of them DO know better. They pretend not to. Turning a blind eye is no longer a matter of choice. People who SPAM know darn well what they are doing and will continue doing whatever they want.
I simply don’t want to start out here accepting bad behavior. It’s a personal choice. I want anyone who decides to ask to be my friend to know I will not tolerate this behavior. Twenty years of it (www only), is enough.
I will still report anyone who SPAMs my inbox with friend requests only so they can send me an email, asking me to “like” them on Facebook. It’s SPAM and not welcome.
Any easy choice for me. This is my OH!pinion and what I intend to do. No one else has to follow what I do with my own accounts here.
Everyone is welcome to accept or reject this form of SPAM. I simply choose to reject it, in all its forms, when it comes to me in the guise of friendship. It’s simply dishonest.
In the forums, however, a different approach will be taken. I’ll help anyone who asks and needs help, if I am able to do so. This has always been my policy and I won’t deviate from that.