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From: "Mary D. Taffet" <>
Subject: Re: [LO] Lineage Society solicitation
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:55:57 -0400
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Here is a link to the message in the archives, which does seem to be on
topic for the list:
I was extremely exhausted after a very long work day, having been up for
more than 19 hours when I first saw the message last night. With the
clarity of a decent night's sleep, I now realize that it didn't mention
any fees, etc.
I would have appreciated a private message from the new subscriber
asking if it was OK to post the message on the list, but in the light of
day, it no longer seems quite as commercial as it did last night.
-- Thanks all for your replies both on and off list,
On 3/25/2010 12:02 AM, Darrell A. Martin wrote:
> Mary D. Taffet wrote:
>> Earlier today, I had a new subscription to a very quiet locality list.
>> There was subsequently a post to that very quiet list from a lineage
>> society representative who was using the list to solicit for new lineage
>> society members.
>> In my own opinion, this seems to be commercial in nature, and therefore
>> should not have been posted.
>> What do the rest of you think?
>> -- Thanks,
> Lineage societies are an important element of genealogy. Still, there
> are two things I would want to know before I would have an opinion.
> First, is the lineage society itself on topic for your list? By that, I
> mean a direct connection. For example, although there are probably many
> Mayflower descendants in Nebraska, recruiting for the Mayflower Society
> on the Nebraska list would not -- in my opinion -- be on topic.
> Second, did the message provide information about dues, fees, or
> whatever? Or just provide a link? If money was explicitly discussed, as
> I understand it that violates the AUP. If not, I would not have a
> problem with it.
> So, if the society is connected with the list topic and the message does
> not discuss money, I would *welcome* their promoting themselves on my
> list, as a service to my members.
> Realistically, though, what do you propose to do about it if you decide
> it was inappropriate?