Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Advertisements with E-mail
Last Updated 3 years ago


HostingAndDesigns.com takes a zero tolerance approach to the sending of Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (UCE) or SPAM over our network. Very simply, this means that customers of HostingAndDesigns.com may not use or permit others to use our network to transact in UCE. Customers of HostingAndDesigns.com may not host, or permit hosting of, sites or information that is advertised by UCE from other networks. Violations of this policy carry severe penalties, including termination of service.

Sending a message, especially an advertisement, to more than five recipients, is by itself spamming unless the individuals have specifically requested to be added to a mailing list on that topic. This includes commercial advertisements and informational messages sent to recipients via electronic mail (email) as well as off-topic messages posted in Usenet discussion groups where the recipient has not requested or invited the message. Mailing lists must be true opt-in mailing lists. Before sending any email to a listed user, a confirmation email, with a tracking number, must be sent to the new subscriber, to which they must respond with a confirmation that they wish to be added to the list. You must keep these confirmations on file, so that in the case that a spam complaint is made against you, you have proof that the user did indeed opt-in. In addition, you must provide at least one easy way to opt out; see the MAPS guidelines (http://mail-abuse.org/rbl/manage.html) for details. Opt-out requests must be honored immediately.

Example 1: Spam
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At http://www.examplestore.com, a person subscribes to receive more information. Examplestore starts emailing sale notices to the person.

Example 2: Spam
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At http://www.examplestore.com, a person subscribes to receive more information. Examplestore adds the person's address to a list and sells this list to secondstore.com. Secondstore sends an advertisement to the person.

Example 3: Spam
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At http://www.examplestore.com, a person subscribes to receive more information. Examplestore sends a confirmation email to the person, who then clicks a web link to confirm his subscription. Examplestore adds the person's address to a list and sells this list to secondstore.com. Secondstore sends an advertisement to the person.

Example 4: NOT Spam
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At http://www.examplestore.com, a person subscribes to receive more information. Examplestore sends a confirmation email to the person. The person clicks a link to confirm his subscription. Examplestore starts emailing sale notices to the person.

Example 5: NOT Spam
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At http://www.examplestore.com, a person subscribes to receive more information. Examplestore sends a confirmation email to the person, which states that confirming the subscription means that Examplestore and Secondstore may contact the person with commercial email, announcements, etc. The person clicks a web link to confirm his subscription. Secondstore sends an advertisement to the person.

E-mail is a person-to-person medium, not a broadcast medium.

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