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Dear Anonymous [Aug. 21st, 2008|01:46 pm]
So I imported my development blog into planet.pidgin.im. Something I've been meaning to do for awhile, but just kept forgetting to do. This blog has been syndicated on planet-im.com for years now, way back when Christian first started it.

Anyways, planet decided it was going to import three of my posts. No big deal right...

Tell that to the "spam victims", one of the posts, sure wasn't really development related, I can somewhat understand that. The other was me annoucing the release of a new project, *I*, a *pidgin developer*, had written. Both of which we're met by "stop spamming planet pidgin". Which I found completely ironic since these posts and more have, as I mentioned earlier, been syndicated on planet-im.com for quite awhile now.

Still, I find it exceedling hilarous what people consider "spam" these days. Apparently a developer's blog, where he blogs about things he's developing and sometimes non-development things to try and get and see responses from a wider audience, isn't filtered down enough. The whole thing reminds me a lot about the on going complaints of pidgin launchpad on our support mailing list as being spam amoung others.

The point I'm trying to get at here, is that when you sign up for a mailing list or read an aggrated feed, that unless you're an admin, you can *NOT* control what gets posted. Ironically, when you complain verbally about supposed spam, all you do is create more "spam".

This spam, that the verbal crowd then creates, of course fills things like our support mailing list with junk that really isn't support related, and thus offtopic making it harder for those looking for a solution in the archives, and last but not least makes us, the developers/admin look insensitive, when if the verbal people just ignored the "spam" in the first place we'd all be better off.