||[Nov. 30th, 2006|10:42 pm]
So I'm retiring my pipex email address in the new year: it's an address I've had for fifteen or twenty years, and it's time for a change.|
I'm going to roll out a new domain name, and have various addresses to the left of the "at" for various different purposes.
Suggest an address to put on the business cards for the IT consultancy and computer network engineering business
Suggest an address to use for communications with DNS registrars and SSL certificate authorities
Suggest an address to quote in respectable SFnal publications like Vector, Mostly Harmless and Banana Wings
Suggest an address to quote in dodgy SFnal publications like Convers[at]ions, Fermat and Mongolian Jird
Suggest an address to use when signing up for things on vendor websites with suspicious-looking privacy policies
Suggest an address to put on the website to entrap evil web-crawling spambots
OK, cool. I do the same thing but I have to be careful to keep track of who I've given each alias to and not give the same one out twice. What really annoys me is when a company I want to continue doing business with because they sell a decent product for a good price starts sending me unwanted adverts. My main credit card provider does that - I want to keep using them because I'm happy with the credit card service, but they persist in emailing me offers of loans and balance transfers despite my telling them I don't want them. Unfortunately they don't smell "spammy" enough for my spam filter to catch them. I could delete the email address, but then I'd also stop receiving important service announcements. So I'm left either putting up with the adverts or changing to a different company.
I explained to my credit card company, customer service dept, by phone, that if they EVER made me any more unsolicited phone calls, I would cancel my card.
They explained that it was legal to phone me as they had a 'client relationship' with me.
I made it clear that I wasn't joking.
They said it would take 3-4 weeks for the message to get through to their phone people.
I said they'd lose my business if I got phoned in that time period.
They said they'd do their absolutely best to move my request quickly.
I haven't had a single phone call from them since.
They still have my business. (But I wasn't making an empty threat. I would have left, and I'm sure they heard that in my voice)
I don't get email spam from them, but if I do, I will adopt the same tactic. I suggest you try it.
I might try that the next time they do it but I'd rather not move because I'm otherwise happy with the service. I use it as my main card because it has the best online management interface of the cards I have, though they did recently disable a useful feature (printer-friendly statements) for no apparent reason.
I agree with them, it is legal for them to contact you.
However, that point is somewhat irrelevant, as you don't seem to have accused them of doing anything illegal.
Your "request" not to be contacted is probably just a request, and therefore not legally binding, but you're quite entitled to take your business elsewhere if they don't abide by it.
Unfortunately most spammers don't have an existing business relationship, so there is no similar stick to beat them with.