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Subject: PMs advertising bookshelf?
Date Posted: 5/18/2011 1:47 PM ET
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I just got a PM from a member telling me that I should look at and order from her bookshelf. I don't know this member, have never had any transactions with her, and I don't really know why she would be PMing otherwise. Is this type of bookshelf advertising allowed? I've never had such a PM before.
Date Posted: 5/18/2011 2:40 PM ET
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No, it's not. I would report it to the PBS Team.

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Note: the Personal message system may not be used for obscene, rude or harassing messages, or sending multiple unsolicited messages to members (this is considered spam).  If you spam by PM and we receive a complaint, you will be warned.  If you repeat the offense after being warned, your membership will be terminated permanently.

Note:  It is not all right to contact a member by means outside of the Personal Message system, unless he or she has given you permission.

  • We know that the Internet contains search engines which can permit access to private information such as telephone number, but it is NOT OKAY to use information obtained in such a manner to contact another PBS member.
  • If such contact is initiated without the express permission of the other member and the other member complains, you will recive a warning. If the offense is repeated, or if any such contact is harassing (even if it is a first offense), your PBS account will be terminated permanently.


Last Edited on: 5/18/11 2:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 5/18/2011 3:17 PM ET
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Personally, when I get a single PM that is unsolicited AND it is about PBS business ... I just ignore it.

If I get multiple unsolicited PMs from the same person or if they were unrelated to PBS ... then I would report it.

I don't think it's against the rules to send out an unsolicited PM to another person, provided it is polite and related to PBS. If it was, people would get into trouble left and right.

The rules say that multiple messages are spam ... not one message.



Last Edited on: 5/18/11 3:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 5/18/2011 3:51 PM ET
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If its the first time, just send the member a PM back that you are not interested in getting those types of messages. If they continue to send them, then it will be spam. She is most likely sending a blast from her Friends list so if it is someone who you don't know, check that list and remove her.

Date Posted: 5/18/2011 4:12 PM ET
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I've been getting a rash of those lately from people who are not Friends (I am on the Top 50 Swapper list and I think that is how they are contacting me) and now I am just reporting them to the Team because I have had so many of them lately and I am just sick and tired of "Come look at my bookshelf" PMs. I always figure that someone is not just choosing me out of the entire membership to send a solicitation PM -- I am just one of many and that's why I report them.



Last Edited on: 5/18/11 5:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/18/2011 4:30 PM ET
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I would report them too..."PBS business" or not, it's a misuse of the PM system, IMO.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/18/2011 9:57 PM ET
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I'm fine with my friends blasting me offering deals.  But a PM from someone I don't know?  Reported.

Date Posted: 5/18/2011 10:38 PM ET
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I had this happen a few weeks ago... Strange PM "advertising" a shelf. They also sent a friend request, but I thought it was odd because the person had over 600 friends, and hasn't been a member for all that long. I sent them a PM saying I wasn't interested, and that shelf advertisements belong in the book bazaar. Got a very snippy, rude PM back. Strange.
Date Posted: 5/18/2011 10:44 PM ET
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Debbie, you can report rude PMs! :-)

 

Date Posted: 5/19/2011 8:12 AM ET
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Yep, I know... I just didn't want to deal with all that on that particular day, so I ignored it. I just saw another bookshelf "ad" from this member (and the corresponding post that they'd placed their ad in an inappropriate place in a forum), and they now have almost 1000 "friends"! They must be just randomly adding everyone they see, then sending out blast PM's or something!

Last Edited on: 5/19/11 8:15 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/19/2011 12:37 PM ET
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What Melanie said...one nice request to not be contacted again, then report to TPTB if she persists.

Date Posted: 5/19/2011 4:20 PM ET
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How in the world does the offending member get to have that many Friends? I thought that being on each other's Friends list required a request through a PM that is handled by the PBS system, and then both people had to agree to be added to each other's list. No?
Date Posted: 5/19/2011 4:53 PM ET
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Margaret, in theory that is true, but many people set their friend requests to auto-accept.

Date Posted: 5/19/2011 7:22 PM ET
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There is no PM associated with a friend request.

Date Posted: 5/19/2011 7:30 PM ET
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Sorry, I didn't remember correctly - not a PM, but definitely some sort of Yes/No communication that appeared in my email, transmitted via PBS.
Date Posted: 5/19/2011 8:27 PM ET
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That's only the case if you set it to do that in your privacy settings. A lot of people have their friend lists set on auto-accept. I personally don't, because I like to know when I'm getting a new request.
Date Posted: 5/28/2011 11:10 PM ET
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Thanks for the advice. I went to send her a PM and saw that her account has been "suspended or closed." Well, that took care of that problem!

Date Posted: 5/29/2011 11:04 AM ET
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I have it set on auto accept. I play in the games and you get a lot of friend requests that way.  It's just easier. I don't really care who friends me or why.  It's not like they get any special privaleges with my account. Not that I don't control anyway.