[Relay Bob's reply:]
I suspect a bit of “mischief-making” in this post by “Crusty”.
If he suspects what he says above, why not contact me directly for a possible explanation instead of having an unsubstantiated “swipe” at Cruiser Log on another public forum? AND then, state it as FACT! I take absolute exception to the suggestion that I “sell” email lists – I HATE SPAM. Like THIS website (7knots), I run Cruiser Log as a totally non-profit venture – to “give a little back” to the lifestyle that I experienced and enjoyed as a cruiser. I sometimes wonder why I do it but at least 99.9% of our visitors appreciate it.
The forum URL, which “Crusty” quotes in his post as having joined, was shut down some six months ago and has NOT accepted new registrations OR posts by members since. The NEW boards with NEW software on Cruiser Log’s OWN server in Denver are operating at http://www.cruiserlog.com - (with NO ads or ‘pop-ups’). Member’s email addresses are NOT available to the public unless they choose to quote it within their posts.
Perhaps “Crusty” is not aware that the simple act of registering a new email address with a mail server (some worse than others & without even using it) is like “shark-fodder” to the SPAMMER ‘crawlers’. THESE are the guys who make the money – you would have received Spam offers selling CD’s of “20 Million email addresses”. How do you think these guys collect up these numbers? A small percentage is ‘spidered’ from webpages but the bulk are collected from the easiest targets, email servers, by various means – legal AND illegal. I recently received a spam email on an address I had registered WITHIN 5 minutes of registration – I cancelled the email service immediately. Once your email address is on these databases (CD’s) – that’s it! They are sold all over the world.
The fact that “Crusty” is receiving so much Spam is an indication that his mail server is not using effective Spam-blocking software. May I respectfully suggest that he shops around for another mail server that will block this unwanted traffic AT THE SERVER (most do this today). With the exposure that my own email address has on the Internet, I receive only 1 or 2 spams a day that slip through (out of over 300 received at the server). Be wary of “free” mail accounts (the big respected one’s like Hotmail, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, etc., as exceptions) as these must generate income “somehow”??? Even then, I would have a GOOD chance of sending an email to: (anybody)@hotmail.com and it would be delivered to someone. When this mail is opened it CONFIRMS the address & it is added to a database.
“Crusty”, you CANNOT lay blame on Cruiser Log, AND, it is grossly unfair and mischievous to state this as fact. I will NEVER pass on or sell email addresses! As there is very little detail in your “profile” on this site (7knots) would you kindly contact me directly through my website to discuss this matter further.
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