Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE
I am getting some more information on this later today.
However what I have been told so far is that it is a new INTERNAL system for VS to distribute newsletters regarding its owned communities. As it is internal, there has been no sharing of peoples information outside of VS and I have been assured that is the case and is the stance of VS to not sell off users information. It seems that the system being enabled for OCN was premature and not intended. When the system was intended for release, it would have been announced beforehand and with instructions on how to unsubscribe from the system.
Myself and VS undertstand the concern and we are not surprised it came as a shock, as I say VS would have pre-warned about this new feature but it looks like it was mistakenly enabled for OCN, please remember that this is an internal system, so think of it as an additional software feature that has come along...it is is no way data mining.
Thanks for the information Enterprise.
I just went reading a bit more on how Threadloom works and regarding the system being internal and "there has been no sharing of peoples information outside of VS", what does that mean exactly? VS bought Threadloom? There is no indication of that on their site:
Despite this newsletter functionality being a plug-in, the e-mail verification process (that and the fact that the e-mails come from them) described in the link below makes it seem like they do get access to the e-mail database and necessarily member's nicknames since they are in the body of the e-mail:
They say (in the FAQ, at the end) they won't share or sell people's data though, so at least there is that comfort, but it all points to them getting it though, so I don't quite understand how this system is internal as you described it, starting of course with the e-mails being sent by them.
The next question of course is whether VS is going to adopt Threadloom's search function, as that seems to rely on more things on their part.
Anyway, it was mistakenly enabled for other VS owned sites too, which is a bit ironic since the Threadloom page says that this plug-in takes, and I quote:
10 minutes to set up.
10 minutes to curate.
Other affected VS owned forums:
It's also not good to know, or at least that's what I take form your words, that this newsletter was going to be enabled by default anyway and the difference is that we would be somehow told beforehand how to disable it.
Here's a practical question: I'm assuming that you will be doing away with the monthly newsletter and replacing it with this weekly one, am I right? I doubt you'll be running a completely internal monthly newsletter in parallel.
So, for people who have the monthly newsletter disabled, it makes sense that this option would transition to the weekly one. If people don't want to be bothered with a monthly newsletter, it stands to reason that they don't want to be bothered four times as much.