[gis_info] Inappropriate email

WILSON Jimi W Jimi.W.Wilson at ci.eugene.or.us
Wed May 16 09:17:12 PDT 2012

I enjoy getting the e-mails that talk about the different GIS events around the northwest. I also think that there should be more information, in the subject line, that tells the reason (Trainings, Conferences and other events) that the e-mail is being sent out. This may help me get better at using the delete key. :)


Jimi W Wilson
City of Eugene
Jimi.w.wilson at ci.eugene.or.us<mailto:Jimi.w.wilson at ci.eugene.or.us>

From: gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Erik Fernandez
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 8:48 AM
To: ARABAS Edward P * EISPD ITIP; gis_info at listsmart.osl.state.or.us; SMITH Cy * EISPD GEO
Subject: Re: [gis_info] Inappropriate email

Those specific emails actually just got filtered into my spam mail so I got off easy. I am also pretty quick on the delete key if it's not looking relevant. Maybe someone can just let Andrew Clark know that we got the point and need no additional postings and we can be done with it. If it's not a recurring problem(disclaimer I haven't kept close enough track to know if it's happened before) then it seems it might not be necessary to come up with a revised purpose statement given some of the grey areas of what's useful and not.
my two cents,
On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 7:57 AM, ARABAS Edward P * EISPD ITIP <edward.p.arabas at state.or.us<mailto:edward.p.arabas at state.or.us>> wrote:
Hello list,

While I share Ian's concern that the listserve not become an advertising channel for who-knows-what, the "purpose" statement does not specifically preclude that usage. Perhaps we could underscore the "within the State of Oregon" phrase, but that would effectively cut-off announcements about activities in Washington that I find quite valuable. Here is the entire purpose statement:

"The purpose of this list is to provide a forum for discussion about GIS and spatial data related activities within the State of Oregon. Potential topics include notices of current GIS activities, requests about the availability of datasets, questions about technical problems with GIS systems or software, requests for advice from those who have gone before you, and so forth."

If we want to eliminate announcements about activities that are extra-regional, perhaps some explicit guidance about that should be included in the purpose description for the list. I have explicitly cc'd the list administrators on this email.

Please feel free to discuss. I think this is an important change that should not be undertaken based on one comment. I have made liberal use of the "delete" key in the past related to this issue...  :)

Ed Arabas, GISP
Senior Operations & Policy Analyst
State of Oregon Dept of Administrative Services
(503) 378-6111<tel:%28503%29%20378-6111>

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From: gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> [mailto:gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>] On Behalf Of Reid, Ian - NRCS, Portland, OR
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 7:24 AM
To: gis_info at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:gis_info at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [gis_info] Inappropriate email

I'm continually receiving emails from "gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us on behalf of Andrew Clark [aclark at com-geo.org]<mailto:gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us%20on%20behalf%20of%20Andrew%20Clark%20[aclark at com-geo.org]>" .  This is advertising as far as I am concerned and seems like an inappropriate use of the list.

What do you think?


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