I hate spam. I hate opt-out. Someone sends me a UCE and I didn’t ask for it, that chaps my hide.
I build web sites for a living. I have quite a few people I deal with on a daily basis. All my work, except one client, has come from referrals so I’ve never had a public front end to my site. It has always been used strictly for client services, task manager, image galleries, testing…
Now I am launching a front end to the site. I want to email all my clients and friends about it. However, I would like to use the announcement list because then I can put everyone in the to field rather than bcc, plus I can manage any possible bounces. Basically I’d like to get that list of people out of just the auto-complete in my email client, and somewhere in a manageable list. There are different parts to my site, some will launch down the road (articles section…) and when each part launches, I want to let everyone know.
These are all people who would have no problem getting an email from me related to my business. If I sent these through my email client, I would not be violating the TOS. However, according to your site if I use the announce list I would be violating the TOS - but you say it’s the same? The announce list requires people to have opted-in, whereas me sending emails to someone does not require them to have opted-in. Does that make sense?
I recently lost a client because he refused to implement an opt-out option. It’s not like I’m even trying to be in the grey area. If I sent out emails for the above purposes, after seven years and not a single complaint, would you guys really cut me if someone complained - even by accident?