Chain Letters -Reply
Bruce C Johnson (email@example.com)
Mon, 07 Jul 1997 07:22:34 -0400
Fellow Sea Scouters:
Sorry for my absence over the last couple of weeks but I've been away in
the San Francisco area, mixing a short vacation with participation in the
annual meeting of the American Library Association. (I even got to meet
Christopher Sokolov, the Sea Exploring web site webmaster, and Chris
Marsey, our service provider [scouter.com].) Given the volume of messages
in my inbox I won't be able to respond to all of the interesting threads
that Seascout-Net had during my absence.
I would, however, like to weigh in on the question of chain letters. As
a policy, Seascout-Net is intended to be a list for Sea Scouting/Sea
Exploring related issues. While we have discussed some peripheral issues
from time-to-time, we've tried to steer clear of issues totally unrelated
to Sea Scouting.
The subject of the chain letter we saw late yesterday is totally
unrelated to Sea Scouting. For those who have been on the 'net for a while
(I have been for about five years now), we've all seen that particular
chain letter at least a half dozen times. It is a well-known fraud that
has caused recipients no end of headaches. The American Cancer Society has
repeatedly asked that messages not be sent to ACS in response to this
appeal. These messages only serve to clog their email inbox and slow down
their cancer-fighting efforts. Consequently, PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THE
CHAIN LETTER, AND DO NOT FORWARD IT ON TO OTHER INDIVIDUALS OR LISTS.
As for chain letters, please send them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bill
James (email@example.com) so that we can review them BEFORE they are
posted. As a general rule, most form letters SHOULD NOT be posted to
>>> <CaptGrBst@aol.com> 7 July 1997 5:11 am >>>
As you all are aware a chain letter has appeared in our medium. It has
sparked immediate controversy. I submit that we already have enough
relevent controversies of our own to banter without adding outside issues.
Perhaps our list owner could establish rules or guidelines on the use of
this medium for these outside purposes. They may already exist and we just
need to be reminded of them. Contact off net would prevent this forum from
being clogged with this issue pending a resolution.
Bill Austin - Skipper - Ship 6 , Norwalk, CT.