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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Even analytics professionals don’t understand email lists

Anyone who subscribes to email lists is familiar with those who don’t understand how to get off.  You might expect this from, say, bicycling or junior high alumni lists. But no one is same from the following syndrome:

1. Instead of following the instructions (usually at the bottom of the email), they hit ‘reply all’ and say

Subject: Re: [Analytics-section] Please remove me from your distribution list - Thank You

Please remove me from your distribution list - Thank You

This usually leads to

2. Some kind soul explaining how the list works

On 4/12/2013 1:25 PM, Santosh Stephen wrote:

Please DO NOT spam the whole list if you want to be unsubscribed - you can do it yourself in less time than it takes to send out an email.

To unsubscribe, just click on the "list.informs.org" link at the bottom of the emails and follow instructions.

Have a nice weekend all!

Santosh

3. Others deciding they don’t like the email and similarly desiring to leave the list, but also spamming the entire list.

Please remove me from your distribution list -   Thank You

Best Regards

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One expect this from lists that might have a lot of neophyte users, particularly if they were automatically added as a result of membership.

One doesn’t expect this from those who have joined the email list of the Analytics Section of INFORMS, the International society of Operations Research and Management Science – in short, not just the society for professional research nerds, but those nerds who are particularly interested in cutting-edge statistical analysis. Really, people! Is this beyond you? 

4. It was only a matter of time before some member would point out the obvious:

On 4/14/2013 2:51 PM, Alexei wrote:

If you unable to remove yourself from a distribution list and need to spam everybody with your lame requests, then it is obvious that you were here by mistake. Apparently, business analytics is not for you. You should be interested in something simpler … MUCH simpler