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    Exclamation Has SitePoint sold your email address to a spam list?

    I make a habbit of using a separate email address for each web site I subsribe to. In the past month or so, I have received two search engine marketing emails from a third party site via my email account I use exclusively for SitePoint.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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    Yeah, a few times. They even sent me receipts.

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    It's not in the SitePoint privacy policy that they would be doing this.

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    I can't be sure, but I don't think I have ever recieved mail from companies other than SitePoint because of SitePoint.

    From their privacy policy:

    The email addresses collected from subscriptions to the SitePoint newsletters are not sold, or disclosed to any third parties. These addresses will only be used by our business to send out SitePoint communications (for example, the SitePoint newsletters). You will not receive any mailings you did not request.
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    It's possible that spammers have guessed that email address. I get a ton of emails to random addresses at my domain. It's a common spam tactic.

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    I don't think there is anyway they could have guessed my email address at my domain. It uses random numbers and phrases.

    Also, I have not subscribed to the Newsletter. Only the forum. Perhaps someone inside the company that has access to the data has missused it.

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    sitepoint has sold your email address: 50%
    you are not telling truth: 50%

    these kind of questions do not have answers
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    The emails you got are very likely from SitePoint, not a 3rd party. As a past customer, we provide you with special offers on all new products we release including 'The Search Engine Marketing Kit'. Have a read through the email again and you should see that it's from SitePoint.

    Rest assured, your email address hasn't been sold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Mickiewicz
    Have a read through the email again and you should see that it's from SitePoint.
    And if that is the case, there should be directions in the email about preventing any future emails from SitePoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleys
    I can't be sure, but I don't think I have ever recieved mail from companies other than SitePoint because of SitePoint.

    From their privacy policy:
    Yes me too I agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory
    It's not in the SitePoint privacy policy that they would be doing this.
    You do realise I was joking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleys
    And if that is the case, there should be directions in the email about preventing any future emails from SitePoint.
    There are... we provide two unsubscribe links in each email.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Egor
    You do realise I was joking?
    Egor, Cory is not posting a lot and I presume not rading a lot one has to be used to your sense of humor to understand u 're joking

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    I'll read over the email again. It was related to search engine marketing, but I don't recall seeing anything in the email related to sitepoint. As I recall, the only way I made the association was with the TO email address I set up specifically for the sitepoint forums.

    I've been a member for some time and have only received two of these type of emails in the entire history of forum usage, but these two have been in the past month and they both appear to be from the same company.

    I will probably just create a new email account and update my profile, then watch to see if it happens again. It appears from your comments that this is not typical of the sitepoint site and somehow my email address has gotten tainted. I just wanted a quick poll to see if I was the only one, and it appears I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory
    It was related to search engine marketing, but I don't recall seeing anything in the email related to sitepoint.
    Sure it wasn't about this?

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    I haven't had any problems.
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    Nope, it was not the SitePoint Marketing Kit. I would have recognized it right away.

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    I would suggest forwarding the email to mmj (tom@sitepoint.com) so he can look into it further. It might give him the lead to track down if there is a problem some where.
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    The email is from Andrew D. Hyder of Subjex Search Engine. Thanks for the suggestion Dave.

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    Someone could just have manually emailed you through the Forum Interface?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Mickiewicz
    Someone could just have manually emailed you through the Forum Interface?
    Not possible Matt...

    Sorry! That user has specified that they do not wish to receive emails. If you still wish to send an email to this user, please contact the administrator and they may be able to help.
    http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/send...member&u=51261

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