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Re: ITW/P: freecati

On Mon, Oct 04, 1999 at 08:13:02AM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
> even opt-out lists are the wrong solution...because they don't work very
> well (especially when usage of them is optional). telephone pests should
> be limited to calling ONLY an opt-in list, people who are willing to
> receive unsolicited calls.

opt-in lists will not lead to usable results, because the statistics will be
skewed, and you know that. Nevertheless, I agree that calling random people
is rude.

> cold calls are annoying regardless of their purpose. sales calls are
> especially annoying, but that doesn't excuse academic or market research
> surveys.

Yes. What I find acceptable are snail mail surveys. Those can be easily
ignored, and are paid by the sender. (Note that I find mail advertisement
highly offensive, but surveys are not at all comparable in mass).


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