[Weekly Newsletter] We changed our weekly newsletter setting from the default "ON" to default "OFF"
Over the last couple of weeks we had a remarkable increase of members and activity due to the recent influx of traffic. This has resulted in our mail program to automatically send out thousands of additional weekly newsletters to all the new folks and bringing the total number of weekly participants to over 15,000.
Here are a number of issues with this:
We noticed that we get about 10-30 spam complaints a week which made us realize that not everyone uses or knows how to use the link at the bottom of each newsletter to unsubscribe
We realized that automatically subscribing new members to receive the newsletter is an annoyance, not everyone wants their inbox to be filled with updates
It is actually costing roughly $30 to send out the over 15,000 emails each week using Postmark. These funds can be more effectively spent on better hosting or other services
Here is what we did as of today
All new members will need to manually subscribe to receive the newsletter, we will update documentation and literature to point out how to quickly do this. Those of you who were still subscribed to the newsletter up until this moment have been unsubscribed, however anyone interested in still receiving the newsletter can easily resubscribe (we highly suggest it). Here is a simple step by step on how to do so, click on your profile icon (up top) and go to your "Settings" area, click on the "preferences" tab and then click on the "Receive Newsletter" check box. Our newsletter goes out every Sunday in the morning, so resubscribing by Saturday evening at the latest will let you receive this week's copy. Having said that, we are excited for anyone wishing to get the weekly newsletter to subscribe, we love seeing people check out the stats and discuss them, we just felt that we were needlessly spamming thousands of people by automatically subscribing them (you) to something that should have been a choice in the first place.
OK, that's pretty much it! Have an awesome weekend everyone!