I don't know if they realize they are doing it or not (I'm sure some don't realize they are spamming), but I'm particularly annoyed when a hubber sends out self-promotional messages and comments. I consider these spam.
I still allow people to send me an email through hubpages, but might consider changing this if I continue getting these self-promotional emails to check out someone's hub because I "might find it interesting."
Trust me: if I find it interesting, I will find it myself and read it. If I like what you write, I'll become your fan. But please, don't send these kinds of messages to a bunch of hubbers through their email!
I know I'm being vague in this post...but those of you who do it know who you are. And those of you who receive these emails might agree with me, and might not. But if any of the "doers" read this comment, maybe they will think twice before sending me these kinds of messages.
Haven't received such messages yet - guess I'm too young here
Probably some people consider this way to be the easiest to attract visitors and make them click on ads.
Yeah, there's been a spate of self-promoting Hubbers lately.
The one I found especially spammy was the guy trying to get people to repost their Hub content on some other site for pay.
The one that asked you to post on his site for FREE has been banned - he sent an invite for an invite to me, as well.
I got it too. Jason got to him before I did, but consider him DOUBLY BANNED, if such a thing were possible.
I actually turned off the ability to receive emails... as I do not like being spamed in this way. Bad use of a good feature.
Thanks Stacie for a great observation. I'm not experienced enough yet to get these, but would find them annoying also.
I like DJ Funk. I think he's the only Hubber I've received more than four emails from in the last six months..
I actually told people today that this was my last email too.
Oh well. Stacie wants to bitch about it. That's her prerogative. But how much cooler would it have been if she just wrote me an email directly?
I'm a spammer. Stacie wants to know so now you know. Thought provoking?
Did I ever say it was DJ Funktual? No. I didn't. However, he does send unnecessary emails promoting himself.
A definition of spam: an inappropriate attempt to use email, or another networked communications facility by sending the same message to numerous people who didn't ask for it
I definitely used the plural tense here because this is happening from more than one hubber. And, unless DJ Funktual is also JavaMan, the one who got banned and was the only "spammer" mentioned in this thread until Charlotte brought up DJ Funktual, I don't understand why he is getting all defensive.
Again, you are the fan of these people, not necessarily the other way around - which means your emails were unsolicited and self-promoting. I've already dealt with your outbursts and don't feel I should have to personally send you a message whenever you send me a message or comment I don't enjoy or appreciate receiving. I don't want to email you directly because spammers only get the delete button in my world. Should I send a reply to every single person who sends unsolicited messages my way?
Feel better? To the eight of you who wrote me saying that you liked my email updates and I shouldn't be bothered by these people, Thank You. Your identities are safe with me.
To the one from hubpages who wrote me, >>> People who want updates on your hubs will join your fanclub, which will automatically send them email updates when you publish something new. For all others, you've got to assume they don't want to hear from you... though I can't imagine why >>> You are sweet as can be. Thanks.
But I WILL NOT be sending you anymore updates. The 'spamming' I have been doing is illegal and will not be tolerated by the whistle-blowers.
Thanks for the tactful lesson learned.
Stacie we look forward to you reporting all the great hubbers you see fit to pass judgment on.
DJ Funktual, Unsolicited Bulk Email = Spam.
It's as simple as that.
Learn the lesson and move on.
A quick question...is it spamming too when a comment on my hub goes like this:
Great hub! You should read the one I put together on this subject ?????
I find that totally annoying, so much so that I at times even want to deny the comment. Is that acceptable? zs
I think every hubber has their own opinion on this. It has been talked about in the forums at times. As the author, you get to make that decision.
If it is something like: "Nice hub. Check out mine: blah blah." I deny it. There is someone who constantly leaves me comments that say something like: "Good job. Please read my hubs." I consider that spam, and HubPages knows when people leave these kinds of comments all over the place.
If it is: "This is so interesting. I love to crochet. I have a great pattern for socks at my hub blah blah, you might want to check it out."
I will allow it because it is directly related to the topic of my hub, and the comment goes beyond "nice hub."
Yes great question. Sometimes I have a related HUB. Is it wrong for me to leave links in your comments.
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