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10 Posting off-topic messages in unrelated newsgroups (How not to advertise on Usenet)




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This article is from the Advertising on Usenet FAQ, by Joel K. Furr jfurr@acpub.duke.edu.

10 Posting off-topic messages in unrelated newsgroups (How not to advertise on Usenet)

Each message you post to Usenet, regardless of its content, should only be
posted to related newsgroups.

For example, you run a rug company. You want to sell lots of rugs. So,
you post an advertisement about your rugs in sci.physics. Not
surprisingly, a lot of people send you email telling you what a jerk you
are.

Why'd they do this, you ask? It's simple: sci.physics has nothing to do
with selling rugs. Your ad was as off-topic as if someone had tried to
get a discussion going there about the upcoming football season or started
posting a lot of messages about their recent vacation.

Suppose you own that rug company, and you regularly read
rec.crafts.textiles.weaving. Would you like it if someone started coming
in and posting a lot of ads to the newsgroup about ginseng tablets, and
then someone else came in and started trying to sell magazine
subscriptions, and before you knew it, it became hard to find any actual
discussion of weaving going on?

Try to look at it from the other person's point of view. If you'd resent
someone posting an ad for *their* product to *your* favorite newsgroup,
why would you post an ad for *your* product to thousands of other people's
favorite newsgroups?

Remember the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto
you."

 

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