was: Bad vendor: pnjresources.com -- SPAMS Usenet
I know this could be debated,
but notice this from the link you supplied...
How to Advertise on Usenet
There are acceptable ways to advertise in Usenet newsgroups.
1. The on-topic notice
I don't have a dog in this fight,
but I believe that Paul's post falls under these guidelines. OMU
"On-topic" is determined by the charter of the group.
When the sci.electronics hierarchy was subdivided in 1996,
a group was set up SPECIFICALLY for commercial traffic
as to keep that SPAM out of this hierarchy.
Here is the charter for this group:
"Guide to the sci.electronics Newsgroups" by Mark Zenier
People who have never PARTICIPATED in the group
and whose first post is this kind of crap are SPAMMERS.
When it is multi-posted, that is the smoking gun:
The OP doesn't give a rat's ass about this group
or about Usenet in general.
To him it's just another blank space to plaster an ad.
These low-lifes are to be pointed out and avoided.
Here's the cogent passage from Mr. Furr's article:
:In the midst of the discussions on the new sidewalks
r textbooks or product, someone walks into the room,
:interrupts everyone, then reads an advertisement for a local
:He or she then leaves without waiting for comment.
A good ground rule for Usenet:
Just as the toughest guy in town doesn't have to prove it often,
people with valuable goods/services
don't have to jam ads for them in your face.
Announcements of freeware are the only exception I can think of
that I would put under the Acceptable heading
--and *restraint* is the watchword there.
I have seen posts about payware that I thought were over the line,
but because the OP was asking for interaction about its usability,
tolerance was granted by others smarter than I am.
In the sci.electronics hierarchy,
people advertise legitimately all the time.
They do it while PARTICIPATING:
When starting on-topic threads or responding to on-topic threads
they include a blurb for their goods/service in their footer.
THAT is acceptable.
There are those who troll for their goods/services IN CONTEXT:
That is ALSO acceptable.
To paraphrase Mr. Furr:
Groups where ads are welcome are not hard to spot.
They have words in their names like
ads biz forsale marketplace.
In short, This is NOT a *marketplace* group.
Never was--and that's been true for over a decade.