[CQ-Contest] QSO Party Spam
henry at summitschool.com
Sat Apr 5 14:50:30 EST 2003
As a QSO party chair, I would like to see one announcement per
event. While I'd love to pile on heaps of announcements about our party, I
know its annoying. We do one announcement to CQ-contest, and then keep an
email list where we send notes to interested parties. If someone wants
off the list, they ask and its done.
While I think a lot of the FQP, I think its a bit overboard to bombard the
refelctors with daily messages.
Shouldnt the moderator take this issue up? I dont see other QSO party
events listing daily/weekly countdowns- only FQP.
I enjoy posts of all kinds, but the countdown thing is getting a bit old.
NC QSO Party chair
On Sat, 5 Apr 2003, David A. Pruett wrote:
> I'm going to ask this question only once, then I will shut up on this subject.
> How do the participants in this reflector feel about receiving what amounts
> to press releases about state QSO parties every few days? Is this
> something you don't mind, is it something you're interested in, or is it
> something you find presumptuous and annoying, like the unwanted spam which
> fills our e-mail in-boxes?
> I ask this question because I want to establish (if for no one other than
> myself) what the users of this reflector (and moderator) think is appropriate.
> The annual "spamming" of CQ-Contest by the sponsors of the Florida QSO
> Party has begun, almost a month before the event occurs. Why they do this
> is understandable - they are trying to promote their event; nothing wrong
> with that.
> There are other state QSO parties which are on the schedule before FQP. GA
> is next weekend, MI the following weekend, THEN comes FQP. I'm sure the
> sponsors of these and other state QSO parties are just as interested in
> publicity and promotion. But at the same time let's be honest - state QSO
> parties are the most important to the sponsors, and those in the target state.
> I am the chairman of the Michigan QSO Party committee. Our philosophy for
> using CQ-Contest to promote our event has been to refrain until the week of
> the contest. Otherwise we confine MiQP announcements to a mailing list
> which we maintain of previous entrants, our e-mail reflector
> (MiQP-Mail at miqp.org) and some targeted mailings to known in-state contesters.
> Despite the tone of this note, this is not intended as a blast at the FQP
> folks. I count many of the FCGers who work behind the scenes as friends
> who run a great event and I wish them luck. However, I think they are
> taking advantage of this reflector for purposes of publicity, but if no one
> seems to mind that's OK. If that's the case, then count on MiQP (and I
> would suspect other QSO parties as well) to ratchet up the PR spam. We too
> have organizational activities for the contest going on like an on-line map
> filling in with counties to be activated, in case you're interested.
> Speaking now as a CQ-Contest subscriber, I would like to see a policy where
> state QSO party announcements are limited to the week of the event. This
> should be plenty to time to establish awareness of the event and get people
> on the air. It will also eliminate PR overlap between succeeding events
> and reduce confusion in the minds of the casual participant that we're all
> trying to attract.
> Now I'll QRT on this subject.
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