Unsolicited Email Subscriptions

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I don’t know about you but I have roughly a dozen Christian bloggers, writers, and newsletter people who have added me to their email list unsolicited. All in all these don’t really do any harm and some have been rather helpful. But when I turn things around it just doesn’t make sense to me that someone wouldn’t ask me if I even wanted to receive these emails. Would it be right of me to click the email subscription button on my blog and add all my contacts to my blog subscription list? I don’t think so. You hate to email a brother and ask to be taken off a list. So if you have this same issue here is the solution I came up with some time back. You make a folder in your email account for these lists, create a filter for them that automatically takes any of those emails and puts it in there for you. When you feel like seeing if anything interesting is in there take a look. Then your inbox doesn’t get full from these unsolicited distribution lists. Best of both worlds.

What’s your take on unsolicited email subscriptions? Do you get them? How do you handle them?

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  1. It may not have been intentional on their part … for some blogging platforms, there’s a checkbox near the “submit comment” button for “let me know when (site) (post) (comments) updated” and sometimes the default setting is checked. (Or they’ve set it that way, intentionally or not!)

    I’ve accidentally subscribed to these blogs or posts before just by submitting a comment … and it usually isn’t too difficult to unsubscribe; just use the instructions at the bottom of the e-mail that updates you.

    (Your blog, for instance, doesn’t have the checkboxes already checked for you.)

    1. The ones I am talking about are what Trey just mentioned. It isn’t a subscription to a particular post but to someone’s mailing list. Often I have never heard of it until I routinely begin getting all their updates.

  2. I’ve got a handful that have done it to me. These aren’t, as Keith mentioned, unintentional. Instead they’ve added my email to “I just posted a new post on my blog” list. Funny thing is, I already read then through a reader … so I don’t need the update.

    It doesn’t bother me, but it does seem uncomfortable for me to reply and say, “take me off your list.”

  3. That infuriates me. It is the worst form of marketing to force your content on people. To me that is the internet version of telemarketing. I routinely delete any such unsolicited stuff.

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